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Firefighters contain wildfire west of Osoyoos
For the second time in a week, firefighters were battling a wildfire west of Osoyoos off Hwy. 3 on Wednesday.
That fire, which reached an estimated at 16 hectares, is now contained.
The fire burned close to structures, but houses in the area were spared.
The fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 off Old Richter Pass Road between Hwy. 3 and Kruger Mountain Road.
Although winds were low, fire spread quickly through trees and brush, approaching at least one house.
As Osoyoos Fire Fighters arrived to inspect the blaze, a bird dog and tanker planes circled overhead and the tankers dropped retardant next to the flames.
In a bulletin released at 1:28 p.m. Thursday, the Wildfire Management Branch said the fire had reached an estimated 16 hectares.
Two water tenders, five air tankers and two helicopters responded to the incident, along with 50 firefighters. There were 33 personnel at the fire Thursday.
“It was showing quite aggressive fire behaviour when it started,” said Kayla Pepper, a spokesperson for the Kamloops Fire Centre. “It did burn in grass and in open timber, so there was quite a bit of smoke in the area and there are also some structures adjacent to the fire, so we hit the fire hard with resources both on the ground and in the air and were successful at protecting the homes in the area.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The Osoyoos Fire Department was also onsite providing assistance.