Third wildfire burning near Mount Kobau

By on July 16, 2014
The third wildfire west of Osoyoos in less than two weeks was burning Tuesday morning below Mount Kobau. (Richard McGuire photo)

The third wildfire west of Osoyoos in less than two weeks was burning Tuesday morning below Mount Kobau. (Richard McGuire photo)

Another wildfire, the third in less than two weeks, is burning west of Osoyoos on Tuesday morning.

Like the other two, Tuesday’s fire is also believed to be human caused.

Airborne firefighters with the Wildfire Management Branch were flying over the fire, which appeared to have started around 8:30 a.m. The fire is at the bottom of Mount Kobau to the east of the Richter Pass.

Kayla Pepper, a spokesperson for the Kamloops Fire Centre, said at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday that the fire is estimated at 4.5 hectares.

She said three helicopters were being used to control the blaze, but that an air tanker and bird dog that were there in the morning were no longer being used.

By Tuesday afternoon, there were were 20 fire fighters at the scene, said Melissa Klassen, a fire information officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre.

The fire was seen as less of a threat going into the afternoon.

Two structures in the area were consumed by the fire, but these were a movie set and were not inhabited, she said.

The fire is believed to be human caused, Pepper said, adding that fire investigators are being sent. It is located several kilometres to the north of Hwy. 3.

There was a wildfire in the same area on July 2 when two trucks collided near Spotted Lake and another July 9 when a wildfire burned off Old Richter Pass Road, apparently started with a cigarette.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

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