Crews fight­ing sev­eral wild­fires across B.C. as warm, dry con­di­tions per­sist

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

HAR­RI­SON HOT SPRINGS, B.C. — Sev­eral wild­fires around Bri­tish Columbia have crews work­ing around the clock as warm, dry weather con­di­tions per­sist. BC Wild­fire Ser­vice says the lat­est fire was dis­cov­ered Sun­day 30 kilo­me­tres north of Har­ri­son Hot Springs and is an es­ti­mated 60 hectares in size.

The fire has not yet been con­tained but five he­li­copters and sev­eral dozen fire­fight­ers are bat­tling the blaze, which the ser­vice says is sus­pected to be hu­man-caused. A light­ning-caused fire dis­cov­ered nearly a week ago 12 kilo­me­tres east of Bur­ton in the West Koote­nay is now 60 per cent con­tained. The ser­vice says a 156-hectare fire about 12 kilo­me­tres west of Kam­loops that is sus­pected to be hu­man­caused is now 80 per cent con­tained.

Of­fi­cials had first tried to treat the fire as a con­trolled burn but windy con­di­tions on June 26 caused it to spread, call­ing for a full re­sponse with fire­fight­ers and wa­ter ten­ders.

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