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Hearth crews combating blaze north of Freeway 97C as unseasonably dry circumstances proceed – Okanagan

Wildfire crews are combating a small out-of-control blaze north of Freeway 97C, the freeway that connects the Central Okanagan to Merritt.

The hearth, which is believed to be human-caused, was reported on Sunday afternoon close to Bear Creek Forest Service Street.

The wildfire service stated the blaze isn’t threatening any infrastructure or different values.

On Monday, the BC Wildfire Service had 15 workers members and a water tender on the scene engaged on the 8.65 hectare blaze.

The hearth was not very energetic as of noon Monday. It was burning as a smouldering floor hearth or non-vigorous floor hearth in tall grass and heavy timber.

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The hearth comes because the area continues to see unseasonably dry climate.

“Undoubtedly not normal circumstances for this time of 12 months. We normally see a little bit of precipitation however we haven’t had something appreciable in various weeks so people ought to be actually cognizant if they’re out within the backcountry making certain they aren’t partaking in any exercise that might probably spark a wildfire apart from what’s permitted,” stated hearth info officer Taylor Colman.

Within the Kamloops Hearth Centre, which incorporates the Okanagan, campfires are at the moment permitted however not class two or three opening burning.

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