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Wildfire near Sicamous is being actioned by wildfire crews and area fire departments

Two Mile grows to 1,200 ha

UPDATE: 6:10 p.m.

The Two Mile Wildfire has grown to 1,200 hectares, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District reports.

However, BC Wildfire Service advises that this is a very rough estimate, as aircraft has been unable to fly the perimeter.

CSRD said crews are working to expand the fire guards, with 35 firefighters working on the fire. A previously constructed guard that held overnight and crews are trying to enhance that guard today.

The Structure Protection Unit has strategically placed sprinklers in the area and those sprinkler lines were also not breeched overnight.

ORIGINAL: 2:09 p.m.

The Two Mile Road fire near Sicamous has seen escalated fire activity over the past 24 hours.

“Extreme smoke conditions have hampered the aircraft’s abilities to fly and fight the blaze from the air,” said a post on the Shuswap Emergency Program Facebook page.

“The fire is continuing to challenge firefighting efforts and fire behaviour is becoming more complex and especially difficult for ground crews.”

The fire is estimated to be 1,000 hectares in size.

The blaze started July 20 along Highway 97A following a car accident that set the brush on fire.

It is classified as out of control and crews are continuing to build a guard around the flames.

Evacuation alerts and orders by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District can be found by clicking here.

“The BC Wildfire Service is assisting the Sicamous Fire Department and the Swansea Fire Department on this incident. There are currently 33 BCWS personnel, three helicopters and multiple pieces of heavy equipment assigned to this incident,” said a statement on the BCWS website.

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