Crews continue to fight six-hectare blaze east of Kamloops

Air tankers have been sent back to base, with crews on the ground and helicopters now working to snuff the flames

Crews appear to getting the upper hand on a wildfire east of Kamloops on Sunday afternoon.

The BC Wildfire Service said the six-hectare fire near Hook Road, at the exit to Vernon off Highway 1 and south of the South Thompson River, across from Rivershore Estates, was attacked Sunday afternoon with a number of air tankers.

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As of 4:45 p.m., they had been sent back to base , with the fire being fought with ground crews and helicopters pulling water from the river.

The BC Wildfire Service said no structures have been threatened, while the public should expect road closure in the area as work to snuff the flames continues.

The fire is burning about 25 kilometres west of downtown Kamloops.

The fire broke out at about 1 p.m. and grew fast, with BC Wildfire Service crews arriving with aircraft, which dropped water and spread fire retardant in the area.

It is not know yet how the fire started, although the blaze appears to have begun south of the CP Railway tracks adjacent to Highway 1.

Hook Road fire plane
Source: Steve Lidguard
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