Wildfire ignites near Tunkwa Lake

By James Peters
May 15, 2018 - 2:56pm Updated: May 16, 2018 - 4:56am

LOGAN LAKE, B.C. — Update: A fire which broke out Tuesday afternoon near Tunkwa Lake flared up in size late yesterday and is now believed to have reached 150 hectares in size. The fire was being fought by up to 40 firefighters from Merritt and Kamloops, assisted by one helicopter and several air tankers.

EARLIER — BC Wildfire Service Communications Assistant Marla Catherall says the fire, which broke out earlier this afternoon, is 12 hectares in size.

"We have two unit crews out," she says. "We have 20 firefighters from Merritt and 17 firefighters from Kamloops and one initial attack crew."

Catherall adds no structures are threatened at this time and the blaze is expected to be human-caused though it's still under investigation.

She says the BC Wildfire Service has also requested air support.

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