Fire near Lumby triggers evacuation alerts

By Pete McIntyre
May 23, 2017 - 11:12pm

LUMBY, B.C. — Crews have been monitoring a wildfire northwest of Lumby.

It started in the area of Cooper’s Mountain Tuesday evening, and was spread by strong winds.

At last report, 8 hectares had been burned, and it was 2 km’s from the nearest homes.

Air tankers and helicopters dropped water and retardant on it.

An evacuation alert was issued around 10 pm for homes on Cooper Road, Hurt Road and Deffies Creek Road.

Those residents will have to leave on short notice should the fire get closer.

Lumby fire chef Tony Clayton said it was still a major concern, given the strong winds.

There’s no word yet on what caused the fire.

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