Wildfire near Batchelor Heights controlled after quick response

Light winds and quick work by firefighters Wednesday night prevented a fire in Lac du Bois from encroaching on homes about a kilometre and a half away as the crow flies in Batchelor Heights. The small fire is now being held and there is no safety risk.

Kamloops Fire Rescue acting platoon captain Will Harlock said a call came in just before 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. Crews responded to a fire in the same area about a week ago, he said, with the cause potentially a rekindling from that blaze. KFR is unsure of the cause, however, at this time.

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Fully engulfed, the fire — above Batchelor Heights and adjacent to Lac du Bois Road in the park — reached a size of 150-square-foot area. No structures were at risk.

“Basically, we were able to contain it before it got any further,” Harlock said. “If it was really windy, that size of fire would have gotten away from us pretty good. Because there’s good grasses and sagebrushes in the area, too.”

Kamloops residents will recall a highly-visible fire that threatened homes in the area last year. Harlock explained winds were extremely strong on that day, which led the lightning-caused fire to spread quickly. On Wednesday, winds were light.

Thirteen Kamloops Fire Rescue members attended the scene on Wednesday, along with two crews from B.C. Wildfire Service. By about 10 p.m., only a couple firefighters and bush truck remained on scene. They remained at the scene on Thursday morning to maintain hot spots. As the long weekend approaches, Harlock is reminding people to be careful amidst dry conditions. Dirt bikers should have a spark arrester, smokers should not light up in dry areas and, if you see a fire, report it.

“Even though we had a pretty wet July, it’s bone dry out there right now,” Harlock said. “Just be careful.”

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