Aggressive wildfire roars to life near Tunkwa Lake

By James Peters
June 29, 2016 - 4:21pm Updated: June 29, 2016 - 5:46pm

KAMLOOPS — A wildfire has popped up west of Kamloops in the area of Tunkwa Lake.

Fire Information Officer Rachel Witt says the blaze was likely started by a lightning storm that ripped through the area Monday night.

"The fire is currently estimated at five hectares in size, but is showing a fast rate of spread with open flame, and intermittent candling. It's burning in grass, and some heavy standing timber. There have been reports of some pretty high wind in the area. No structures are immediately threatened," explained Witt.

"This is our most aggressive fire that we believe is lightning-caused over the last couple of days."

Witt says the fire is very visible from Kamloops, Logan Lake and Savona.

She notes an initial attack crew of seven firefighters are on scene, plus a helicopter, two tankers and a bird dog aircraft.

"We haven't received huge amounts of precipitation in areas near Kamloops," said Witt. "We likely will see more naturally-caused wildfires popping up."

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