Crews continue to fight six-hectare blaze east of Kamloops – Kamloops This Week

Crews continue to fight six-hectare blaze east of Kamloops - Kamloops This Week
Buse Creek wildfire 19 Ha. – Kamloops News
The BC Wildfire Service said the six-hectare fire near Hook Road, at the exit to Vernon off Highway 1 and south of the South Thompson River, across from Rivershore Estates, was attacked Sunday afternoon with a number of air tankers.

As of 4:45 p.m., they had been sent back to base , with the fire being fought with ground crews and helicopters pulling water from the river.

The BC Wildfire Service said no structures have been threatened, while the public should expect road closure in the area as work to snuff the flames continues.

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.

The fire broke out at about 1 p.m. and grew fast, with BC Wildfire Service crews arriving with aircraft, which dropped water and spread fire retardant in the area.

It is not know yet how the fire started, although the blaze appears to have begun south of the CP Railway tracks adjacent to Highway 1.

Helicopters are expected to continue working on the fire into Sunday evening and a portion of the ground crew will stay onsite overnight to tackle flare-ups.

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

Around 3:30 p.m., fire officials described the blaze as a fast-moving surface fire with candling trees but said it was not threatening nearby structures.

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 #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

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

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

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.

Fire Information Officer Jody Lucius said air tankers are on-site, placing fire retardant around the perimeter of the flames.

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

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

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

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

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.