Crews battle wildfire near Savona

The B.C. Wildfire Service said crews and air tankers are fighting the flames, which ignited at about 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a small wildfire about 10 kilometres west of Savona and about two kilometres east of Wallachin.

The B.C. Wildfire Service said crews and air tankers are fighting the flames, which ignited at about 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29.

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This fire was last mapped at two hectares in size.

There has been no word on cause, though the fire is near train tracks.

This is the second wildfire to ignite near Savona — which is 35 minutes west of Kamloops on Highway 1 — in the past eight days. On July 21, a fire broke out in a gulley near train tracks in the Deadman Creek area.

British Columbia has faced consecutive record-setting years of wildfires across the province — 2018 and 2018 — in terms of hectares burned and costs associated with fighting the flames.

The summers of 2018 and 2017 led to structures burned, entire communities being evacuated and wildfire smoke settling over many towns and cities, including Kamloops.

This summer has been comparably better so far. A wetter than normal July has helped with this year’s wildfire season.

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