Buse Creek wildfire 19 Ha.

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m.

BC Wildfire Service says a fire burning out of control east of Kamloops has grown to 19 hectares in size on Sunday evening. 

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m.

The Buse Creek wildfire is still burning out of control, 25 kilometres east of Kamloops, and is estimated at six hectares in size.

Air tankers have finished their operation and two belly tank helicopters have taken over dropping water on the fire. 

“We will have three personnel staying overnight,” said Hannah Swift, fire information officer.
Residents first started noticing the smoke from the wildfire just east of the Barnhartvale neighbourhood at about noon on Sunday. 

BC Wildfire Service says no structures are threatened at this time and travellers should expect road closures.

The fire is believed to be human caused.

UPDATE: 3:35 p.m.

A wildfire burning east of Kamloops is an estimated four hectares in size and is burning out of control. 

BC Wildfire Service has been battling the fire, just south of Hook Road, by air tankers and also by ground crews. 

Fire information officer Jody Lucius says they expect the size of the fire will grow. 

“There are structures nearby, but the last update was none of them were threatened,” said Lucius.

Pritchard Volunteer Fire Department is also responding and as of now, there are no road closures. 

Residents living nearby tell Castanet there is still lots of smoke, but crews are hitting the fire hard.

"Doesn’t seem to be spreading from my vantage point," said Rick Niles.

ORIGINAL: 2:45 p.m.

BC Wildfire Service crews and aircraft are rushing to the scene of a wildfire in Kamloops on Sunday afternoon.

Smoke from the wildfire can be seen from Highway 1 and Highway 97 and the fire is burning south of Hook Road, east of Barnhartvale neighbourhood.

Videos and photographs from the scene show air tankers battling the fire and smoke filing the sky. 

Neighbours living nearby are watching as crews tackle the wildfire. 

“Fourth drop just happened, not looking much better. One house very close but wind going away from the house,” said resident Rick Niles. 

BC Wildfire Service has not said how large the fire is currently burning. 

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