Wildfire east of Kamloops not likely to grow as crews continue to attack it

Witness said he saw smoke after CN train went by; Canadian National Railway spokesman said an investigation is underway

A 19-hectare blaze that erupted near railway tracks east of Kamloops on Sunday is not expected to grow any larger.

The Buse Creek fire broke out early Sunday afternoon on the south side of the South Thompson River, near the Highway 1 junction with Highway 97.

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“It’s being held at 19 hectares,” fire information officer Hannah Swift told KTW, noting 18 personnel were at the scene on Monday morning.

“With the resources we have committed right now, it’s not likely to spread beyond that boundary.”

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The Buse Creek fire grew to 19 acres on Sunday. - Steve Lidguard

A witness who spoke to KTW on the condition of anonymity said he was golfing at Rivershore Golf Links when he saw three puffs of smoke near the CN-operated spur line headed south to Vernon.

“A train went by probably just before 1 o’clock,” he said. “There were three different spots that had smoke going up, probably 75 yards apart from each other.”

A few minutes later, the man said, he saw flames. His golf partner called 911 to report the blaze.

“It took off from there,” he said. “Once we finished, that was when the first bomber hit it — probably an-hour-15, an hour-and-a-half after we called it in. It took a long time.”

A CN spokesman said he had been made aware of the blaze, but noted the investigation is in its early stages.

“CN crews are co-operating with provincial officials investigating a grass fire,” Jonathan Abecassis told KTW.

“As per our standard procedure after a fire has occurred near CN tracks, we are inspecting the track for damage and patrolling for hot spots.”

Abecassis said a train that passed through the area on Sunday afternoon is also undergoing a full inspection and its crew is being interviewed.

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