There are now two wildfires burning close to each other near Chase as the fire season has made an early appearance in the Kamloops Fire Centre.
The BC Wildfire Service reports a pair of fires hare burning on the north side of the South Thompson River near Chase. Both fires are in the same general area, just southeast of Niskonlith Lake near the Kamloops-Shuswap Road.
According to the wildfire service’s mapping system, the fire burning closest the lake, the Kamloops-Shuswap Road blaze, is estimated at 250 hectares in size as of Sunday afternoon. The fire burning closer to the river, the River Flats blaze, is estimated at 100 hectares in size as of Sunday afternoon.
Both fires were discovered on Saturday, March 30. The BC Wildfire Service has not yet stated a suspected cause of the blazes.
A third blaze in the Kamloops Fire Centre was burning about 40 kilometres east of Logan Lake on Saturday. The Pukaist Creek fire was discovered on Thursday, March 28, but is no longer on the active fires list. That blaze was last reported to be small in size, at less than a hectare.