Wildfire near St. Ives in North Shuswap now being mapped at 15.73 hectares – Salmon Arm News

UPDATE 4:13 pm

BC Wildfire Service fire information officer Shaelee Stearns said the wildfire near St. Ivy in the North Shuswap is classified as out of control.

But, it also burning at Rank 1 fire, meaning a smoldering ground fire with very little open flame.

She said more accurate mapping of the fire has placed the size at 15.7 hectares, up from the three hectares reported this morning.

“We have 20 BC Wildfire crews responding to it along with a helicopter,” Stearns said. “They are supporting the Anglemont Fire Department.

“We will have crews on it for a few days, but probably not overnight as recovery overnight seems to be quite well with the temperatures dropping, but they will be there bright and early in the morning.”

No structures are being threatened by the fire.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but is suspected to be human caused.

BC Wildfire Services is investigating.

There are unconfirmed reports of a slash burn in the area of ​​the fire.

UPDATE 2:46 pm

Fire crews are continuing to battle a wildfire in the North Shuswap which has more than doubled in size.

Friday morning, the fire was reported at six hectares, but according to the BC Wildfire Service dashboard, the blaze is now listed at 15.73 hectares in size.

Some of that growth could be attributed to more accurate mapping of the fire.

The cause of the fire near Horseshoe Bay on Shuswap Lake has yet to be determined.

ORIGINAL 9:44 am

A wildfire in the North Shuswap burned throughout the night, but grew very little, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District says.

The fire near St. Ives on the north shore of Shuswap Lake is estimated to be three hectares in size and is burning in steep terrain.

“A BC Wildfire crew was on scene through the night and saw little to no growth on the east and west sides of the fire, with possibly some small increases upslope to the north,” the CSRD said in a morning update.

There are no risks to any structures in the area at this time.

“The fire displayed Rank 1 and 2 behaviours, which (are) the lowest rankings for a smouldering ground and surface fire. There were some occasional flare ups that were visible from Squilax-Anglemont Road,” the CSRD says.

The regional district and Shuswap Emergency Program are in close contact with the BC Wildfire Service on the matter. North Shuswap fire departments in Anglemont, Celista and Scotch Creek/Lee Creek are on standby as needed.

BC Wildfire Service says it is investigating the cause of the wildfire.

The Anglemont-area fire is one of six wildfires currently burning in the BC, four of which are in the Kamloops Fire Center region.

The largest is the Rendel Creek fire, southeast of Big White at 55 hectares in size. The Anahim Meadow fire near Alexis Creek in the Cariboo region is burning at 50 hectares.

Spot fires near Kamloops and Princeton are under control.

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