UPDATE: The City of Kamloops activated its Emergency Operations Centre at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday (July 15) in response to the Coal Hill fire reported south of Kamloops, near Jacko Lake.
Crews from Kamloops Fire Rescue had responded to the fire to support the BC Wildfire Service.
The city said that, out of an abundance of caution, it activated the EOC and was ready to respond to multiple scenarios had the fire became a concern for the community. The fire did not threaten any homes at any point today and the EOC was stood down at noon.
The city said the BC Wildfire Service is leading the response and continues to fight the fire, with Kamloops Fire Rescue offering support as required.
The fire has been added to the BC Wildfire Services wildfire map. It has “unknown” under cause of fire.
As of 10:30 a.m., the city said conditions were improving.
Kamloops Fire Rescue and BC Wildfire Service are on scene working to put out a fire near Goose Lake Road, south of Kamloops.
It is the same area where multiple fires were sparked earlier this week.
KFR platoon captain Darryl Cooper said Kamloops Fire Hall No. 7, which is located in Aberdeen, attended the scene and is supplying water for the wildfire service. BC Wildfire helicopters are bucketing the fire.
Cooper said the fire is estimated to be 30 hectares in size and is located just less than half-a-kilometre North of Goose Lake Road.
The fire is not encroaching on properties and no evacuation alerts or orders had been issued as of about 8:30 a.m., Cooper said.
Asked if it connected to fires that sparked in the area on Tuesday night, Cooper said: “It’s in the same area. I can say that. But we don’t know. We were up there the other night, right, and we put the fire out so we don’t know if it’s a rekindle or if it’s a separate fire. Hard to say at this point.”
The city said in an online statement it has activated an emergency operations centre in response to the fire and, at this point, the fire is not a threat to Kamloops. Goose Lake Road is currently limited to local traffic only, as crews battle the blaze.
A BC Wildfire Service information officer told KTW that the fire is located 2.4 kilometres southwest of Pacific Way in Aberdeen and progress was being made on the fire. Seven personnel and three helicopters were on scene as of 10:30 a.m. The city said around that time that "conditions are improving." City and BC Wildfire updates will be provided later in the day.
On Thursday, B.C.'s minister of public safety and solicitor general, Mike Farnworth, said in a statement British Columbians can be assured the province is deploying "all necessary and available personnel and equipment" to respond to wildfires in the province. The Canadian Forces helped evacuate some resients utilizing aircraft on Wednesday night. More than 300 fires are listed as active and the statement notes the frequency of wildfires is increasing.
"The province will continue to do everything possible to protect communities from wildfires and help evacuate British Columbians where necessary," the statement reads.
More to come . . .