UPDATE: Buse Creek wildfire near Kamloops grows to 19 hectares – KelownaNow

UPDATE: Buse Creek wildfire near Kamloops grows to 19 hectares - KelownaNow
Buse Creek wildfire 19 Ha. – Kamloops News
The fire was previously recorded at 4 hectares at 3:30 p.m. but has since grown to 19-hectares and remains out of control.

Despite its growth, the fire is still believed to not be threatening any structures and no evacuation orders or alerts had been set in place.

A CFJC reporter on the scene said the blaze is centred on a wooded rural property just outside of the boundary of Kamloops city limits and that local residents attempted to fight the blaze after it sparked, however the fire took off quickly.

Out-of-control wildfire east of Kamloops now 19 hectares

Air tankers have finished their actioning for the day and have been replaced with two belly-tank helicopters dropping water on the fire.

The regional district area director said the Pritchard Volunteer Fire Department has also responded to do structural protection, despite the blaze being outside of its typical coverage area.

Hannah Swift, BCWS information officer, could not offer an exact number of how many personnel were on-site, but noted that all personnel currently on-site will continue suppression efforts until midnight, with three personnel staying overnight.

B.C. Wildfire Service said it has both ground and aircraft crews working on the fire, which is south of Hook Road and east of the Barnhartvale area of Kamloops.

Swift believes that the colder night weather will help reduce the fire's spread to a minimum before crews return tomorrow.

The four-hectare wildfire is considered to be out of control and is located approximately 25-kilometres east of the city, with both air tankers and crews on the fire.

BCWS was unable to confirm how many crews and tankers were fighting the blaze as the number "is changing quite quickly as that incident develops," says Jody Lucius, BCWS Fire Information Officer.

Crews and aircraft from the #BCWildfire Service are responding to a fire currently burning south of Hook Road, just east of the Barnhartvale neighbourhood of #Kamloops. More information to follow. Smoke visible from #BCHwy1 and #BCHwy97

Despite structures being nearby to the fire, none are deemed to be threatened by the fire at this time, BCWS believe.

Despite the fire growth, by early Sunday evening, the wildfire service said there continued to be no threat to nearby buildings.

While the fire is under investigation, it is believed to be human-caused. Smoke from the blaze can be seen from Hwy 1 and Hwy 97.

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According to eye witness reports, the fire appears to be stemming from the Rivershore area near the Rivershore Golf Estates and Golf Links off of Hwy 1.

Crews have been deployed to an area near Kamloops, the B.C. Wildfire Service announced on social media.

Big fire at Hook Rd. Directly across from Rivershore Golf Course. #kamloops @BCGovFireInfo pic.twitter.com/Eao9iVAQFH

The #BCWildfire Service is responding to a 6 hectare wildfire approx 25 km east of downtown #Kamloops. Airtankers were on site earlier today, and helicopters are currently assisting firefighters on the ground. No structures are threatened at this time. Expect road closures. pic.twitter.com/xr9l7DXQsp

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

BC Wildfire Service said crews and aircraft are responding to the blaze, which broke out south of Hook Road near the Barnhartvale neighbourhood.

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. 

"House to right very close, but wind going the opposite direction," Rick Niles shared on social media.

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

A wildfire broke out south of Hook Road near the Barnhartvale neighbourhood. Courtesy: Vanessa Roeland

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. 

“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.

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. 

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