The Easter long weekend has been busy for the BC Wildfire Service, with three suspected human-caused blazes burning in the massive Kamloops Fire Centre.
The largest of the trio is the 20-hectare Lauder Road fire 8.5 kilometres east of Highway 5A near Merritt. As of Sunday at 6 p.m., there was a response officer on site, with three additional personnel and a helicopter en route for support.
A 10-hectare fire is also burning 17 kilometres north of Lytton, where six crew members are building a handguard along the southern flank of the fire.
The third fire is a three-hectare blaze about four kilometres south of Cawston. The Barcelo Road fire is on the west side of the Similkameen River and has a response officer and three personnel working the flames..
The provincial government and provincial health officer had urged people not to travel during the Easter long weekend as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.