Kamloops firefighters douse grassfire on Tk'emlups reserve

An investigation into the cause is underway. The blaze follows a quartet of suspiciously set fires that popped up on the reserve in mid-April.

Kamloops firefighters are mopping up a two-hectare grassfire that popped up near a commercial area of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve on Wednesday (May 26).

Kamloops Fire Rescue Platoon Capt. Shawn Davidson confirmed the blaze has been contained, with KFR still on scene and dousing hot spots as of about 12:30 p.m.

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The fire department responded at about 10:30 a.m. with six vehicles — two water tenders, three bush trucks and a fire engine — Davidson said.

The blaze burned in a green space near the intersection of Salish Road and Halston Avenue, where the old drive-in theatre used to be, he said. Grasses and mixed debris fuelled the fire, Davidson told KTW.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, Davidson said, noting there had been no lightning reported in the area.

Fire investigators are expected to attend the scene later Wednesday and, until they’ve had a chance to assess the fire, Davidson said it’s not considered suspicious.

“It’s just premature for us to comment on it,” Davidson said, noting a cause that’s not necessarily man-made could come to light once fire-prevention officers have had a chance to examine the scene.

No injuries were reported from the fire, which Davidson said should service as a reminder for people to be careful with ignition sources in green spaces.

The blaze follows a quartet of suspiciously set fires that popped up on the reserve in mid-April.

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