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Ten new fires sparked over 24 hours in Kamloops Fire Centre

Eight of the 10 new fires are suspected to be human-caused,
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In the past few days, the Kamloops Fire Centre has seen 10 new fires — and eight of them are suspected to be human-caused.

Some of those fires have grown and were out of control as of Tuesday afternoon.

Among them is the Crazy Creek fire, estimated at 15 hectares, burning out of control 42 kilometres northeast of Sicamous. It started on Aug. 16 and currently has one 20-person crew assigned. No structures are threatened by the blaze.

Another fire, named the Barriere Pass Forest Service fire, is burning near the north end of Adams Lake.

That fire is approximately 10 hectares in size and is being fought by 31 wildfire service personnel, with assistance from a helicopter. Air tankers also assisted on the fire on Tuesday morning. No structures are threatened.

A fire north of Shuswap Lake is also sized at approximately 10 hectares and currently burning out of control. No structures are threatened, but a 20-person crew is fighting the blaze.

Kamloops Fire Centre fire information officer Gagan Lidhran had some advice for those looking to use the outdoors as hot and dry weather continues.

“Be mindful of activities that could contribute to the start of a wildfire. Make sure you have eight litres of water on you and a shovel, as well as a fuel break around your fire,” she said.