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Wildfire near Oliver
UPDATE 4:41 P.M.
Fire Information Officer Melissa Klassen says the fire in Oliver is now under control and crews remain on the scene to make sure it is out entirely.
The fire is still estimated at 4.5 hectares but is not growing.
Klassen says it is still suspected to be human caused and that the two structures destroyed by the fire were pieces from an old movie set.
Air tankers, three helicopters and 20 ground crew members responded to the blaze and are still working on the fire.
“It looks like the fire activity has quieted down quite a bit from this morning it looks like they are now working to make sure that is put out,” says Klassen.
ORIGINAL 11:00 A.M.
A wildfire burning near Oliver has grown to 4.5 hectares in size.
The blaze was first noticed at 8:30 Tuesday morning, approximately eight kilometres southwest of the town.
There are currently three helicopters and eight firefighters responding to the blaze, but BC Wildfire says there are potentially more resources en route.
Air tankers have already blanked the head of the fire, and that is keeping the size in check – which has grown from a reported three hectares already this morning.
Two structures have been damaged, but neither were homes or outbuildings.
There are no residential homes in the area and no need for any evacuations at this time.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but BC Wildfire believes it to be human caused.
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