Wildfire season is heating up again in B.C. with crews in Kamloops now battling a blaze in the Lac DuBois Grassland area.
Kelsey Winter with the B.C. Wildfire Service says nine firefighters are currently working the fire on O’Conner road, supported this afternoon by air tankers.
“Right now the tankers have managed to box it in, and we’re working on establishing a permiter and it’s not growing at this time.”
Winter says no buildings are threatened, but continued hot, dry weather have made for a challenging fire.
“Currently the fire is estimated to be 1.5 hectares in size, and the fire behaviour is rank two/ rank three, so that’s a pretty aggressive surface fire and it is getting into some of the trees as it’s in quite heavy timber.”
She says it’s too soon to say how the fire started, but that 2016 is shaping up once again to be problematic when it comes careless fire behaviour.
“I think we’re up to 38 wildfires, only two of which are believed to be lightning caused. So quite a higher instance of human caused wildfires.”
Open fire bans have already been implemented this year in the Kamloops, Coastal, and Cariboo fire centres.