Minimal growth Thursday on wildfire burning north of Kamloops

Plateau fire now 9 hectares

UPDATE: 4:23 p.m.

A small fire burning north of Kamloops saw some growth on Thursday, now covering an estimated nine hectares.

The East Mountain Plateau fire was reported on Wednesday, when its smoke was very visible from Kamloops. The fire is burning an estimated 20 kilometres to the north of the city, south of Porcupine Meadows provincial park.

“Right now, it’s still classified as out of control,” BC Wildfire Service fire information officer Shaelee Stearns told Castanet Kamloops, noting the suspected cause is lightning.

“We did have our air tankers on it this morning, as well as two helicopters throughout the day and then 29 ground personnel, as well, who are working to establish a guard with some heavy machinery.”

Stearns said ground crews worked overnight on the fire.

No structures are threatened at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY: 10:29 a.m.

The East Meadows Plateau fire, burning an estimated 20 kilometres north of Kamloops, is now estimated at seven hectares in size.

According to BC Wildfire Service fire information officer Aydan Coray, the fire is still classified as out of control.

“There's currently two helicopters and 29 personnel on site and I believe the skimmers are working that one this morning and throughout the day as well,” Coray said.

BCWS previously 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.

This story will be updated as more information becomes known.

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