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Smoke from new fire north of Kamloops visible from some neighbourhoods

New fire north of Kamloops

UPDATE: 2:31 p.m.

Two helicopters and air tankers are en route to a new wildfire discovered Wednesday afternoon burning north of Kamloops.

The East Meadows Plateau fire is burning an estimated 20 kilometres north of Kamloops, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Smoke from the fire is visible from most of Kamloops.

“The fire is estimated to be three hectares and displaying Rank 2 and 3 behaviour, meaning a surface fire with visible flame and slow to moderate rate of spread,” BCWS said in an update posted online.

“There are currently two helicopters on site, with nine ground personnel and air tankers en route.”

BCWS said the blaze is unrelated to the Watching Creek fire, which is now under control but had been burning northwest of the new fire in recent weeks.


ORIGINAL STORY: 1:51 p.m.

BC Wildfire Service crews are responding to a new fire north of Kamloops, smoke from which is visible from parts of the city.

Crews began responding early Wednesday afternoon to the blaze in the Lac du Bois area.

A BC Wildfire Service fire information officer told Castanet Kamloops more information will be available later in the afternoon.

This story will be updated as more information becomes known.



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