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Sparks Lake, Tremont Creek wildfires now 'being held'

Crews have made significant progress on the two blazes north and southwest of Kamloops and they are no longer classified as being "out of control."
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This photo from late June shows the rising and drifting smoke from the Sparks Lake fire burning northwest of Kamloops.

With limited fire activity due to mild weather, BC Wildfire Service crews have made progress on the Tremont Creek and Sparks Lake wildfires, which are now no longer classified as "out of control."

As a result, a large area south of Kamloops Lake around the Tremont Creek wildfire containing 453 properties has been given the all-clear.

Further details can be found on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District's evacuation status map

On Thursday (Aug. 26), the Sparks Lake and Tremont Creek wildfires, located on the north and south sides of Kamloops Lake, were reclassified by the BC Wildfire Service as "being held."

"This indicates that with the resources currently committed to the fire, sufficient suppression action has been taken [and] the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions," reads the latest notice from the BC Wildfire Service.

Kamloops' seven-day forecast shows mild temperatures between 21 C and 28 C, with rain possible on Thursday and Friday. Nightly temperatures are also far lower than they were in late July, between 10 C and 13 C.

Resources used between the two fires includes approximately 250 firefighters, 35 pieces of heavy equipment, 80 support personnel and 18 structural protection personnel.

With Sparks Lake burning 89,626 hectares and Tremont Creek covering 63,523 hectares, the two fires rival the massive Elephant Hill fire of 2017, which burned farther to the west to the north of Cache Creek. That fire spanned 191,865 hectares and was one of the province's largest wildfires on record.

The White Rock Lake wildfire, meanwhile, which ravaged Monte Lake and properties along Okanagan Lake, remains classified as out of control, with recent flare-ups on its eastern flanks, including one on Aug. 24. The fire remains quiet closer to Kamloops.

The Sparks Lake fire began on June 28. The Tremond Creek fire began on July 12. The White Rock Lake fire began on July 13.