Fire near Big White

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m.

The BC Wildfire Service continues to work on a pair of small fires southeast of Big White.

One, about 0.8 hectares in size, is being fought by two initial attack crews, comprising of six provincial firefighters.

That fire was lightning caused.

Three firefighters are working the second fire, mapped at 0.002 hectares in size. That fire is still under investigation.

Fire information officer Carlee Kachman with the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar, says firefighters are feeling good about both fires.

The two fires are in close proximity to each other.

UPDATE: 4:05 p.m.

Big White Fire Chief said the fire is not near any structures or homes and that it is currently in a wilderness area, southeast of the ski resort. 

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

Air tankers have made three retardant drops on a fire near Big White.

"We are informed by Big White Fire Department that helicopters have been dispatched from Kelowna," said Michael J. Ballingall, senior vice-president of Big White Ski Resort.

ORIGINAL: 3:15 p.m.

Crews are responding to a fire near Big White, Wednesday afternoon.

An air tanker is currently dropping water on the fire, which is about five kilometres southeast of Big White.

Castanet will update the story as more information becomes available.

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