Wildfire near Savona is under control

The fire, estimated on Monday morning to be two hectares in size, was sparked about 24 kilometres east of Ashcroft. No structures are at risk from the blaze, which is visible from highways 1 and 97C

A wildfire that broke out south of Deadman Creek near Savona late Sunday afternoon is under control, according to BC Wildfire Service.

The fire, estimated on Monday morning to be two hectares in size, was sparked about 24 kilometres east of Ashcroft. No structures are at risk from the blaze, which is visible from highways 1 and 97C.

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Ten BC Wildfire Service personnel were on scene Monday. Cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

“It’s suspected to be human-caused, but we can’t say that for certain at this point,” Kamloops Fire Centre communications assistant Kelsey Dunkley told KTW.

The fire appears to have ignited next to train tracks, with the flames running into the adjacent gulley.

British Columbia has faced consecutive record-setting years of wildfires across the province — 2018 and 2018 — in terms of hectares burned and costs associated with fighting the flames.

The summers of 2018 and 2017 led to structures burned, entire communities being evacuated and wildfire smoke settling over many towns and cities, including Kamloops.

This summer has been comparably better so far, but Dunkley said it is difficult to predict how the remainder of the season will play out.

“At this point, we can’t give any estimates on how it’s going to go,” she said.

A wetter than normal July has helped with this year’s wildfire season, as Kamloops has already received more rain through the first 21 days than the city normally receives all month.

Average rainfall in Kamloops is 31.4 millimetres. Through July 21, 34.4 millimetres of rain had fallen. In 2018, almost 40 millimetres of rain fell on Kamloops during July.

Environment Canada is calling for hot, sunny weather to persist through the coming weekend, with highs in the uppers 20s and lower 30s. There is chance of showers through Wednesday.

To report a wildfire, call *5555 or 1-800-663-5555.

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