Crews extinguish two small wildfires near Kamloops

The blazes are west of the city, on either side of the Thompson River.

A pair of wildfires that popped up just west of Kamloops, on each side of the Thompson River, are now out.

Kamloops Fire Rescue was tending to a fire in the Tranquille Creek area west of Brocklehurst on Friday afternoon (April 16).

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As of about 4:00 p.m. firefighters had the Tranquille Creek fire under control and were busy mopping up hot spots, KFR platoon Capt. Shawn Davidson told KTW.

KFR responded to the fire at 11:48 a.m. on Friday, burning just north of Tranquille-Criss Creek Road northwest of the Tranquille on the Lake property in grass and timber.

Davidson said the fire grew to about two hectare in size before being contained. KFR responded initially with a bush-truck, water tender and a fire engine to extinguish the blaze, but it was burning rapidly and they called in a second bush-truck, water tender and the BC Wildfire Service (BCWFS).

 

wildfire Criss Creek
The location of the April 16, 2021 fire near Criss Creek.

"They worked on the fire for the majority of the day, but now they've go the fire contained," Davidson said.

According Kamloops Fire Centre fire information officer Gagan Lidhran, said the fire is still listed as out of control on the BC Wildfire Service map with eight wildfire firefighters working to extinguish it. but that map is updated every couple of hours.

Lidhran said the cause of the Tranquille Creek fire is suspected to be human caused as there was no lightning in the area recently. She said no structures were threatened

Meanwhile, a second wildfire measuring 3.3 hectares in size burning between Tobiano and Savona near Six Mile Hill Road, on the south side of the river, 30 kilometres west of Kamloops, has also been extinguished. That fire was discovered Thursday and is believed to be human-caused, according to the BCWFS.

As of about 4:00 p.m. there were 16 BC wildfire service members patrolling for hotspots around the fire's perimeter, Lidhran said, adding that no structures were threatened and the fire burned in grasses.

Six Mile Hill Road fire was outside KFR's jurisdiction.

Lidhran said currently the Kamloops Fire Centre has responded to 25 wildfires so far in the 2021 fire season that have burned a total of 1,037 hectares of land.

Nine of those fires  are still active.

Heading into the weekend, Lidhran said the public is warned to be cautious with its fire usage and outdoor activities, noting early season fires are driven by wind, dry conditions and dead surface fuels.

Given how dry, windy and unseasonably warm it is in the fire centre there is a risk of wildfires spreading quickly and people should take precautions.

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