***FIRE ALERT***

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Kamloops Fire Centre
For Immediate Release September 15, 2014
Kamloops Fire Centre responding to fire north of Princeton

KAMLOOPS – The Wildfire Management Branch is currently responding to a 182 hectare fire approximately six kilometres north of Princeton, along the Princeton-Summerland Highway.The fire was first reported yesterday evening.

Fourteen firefighters, five air tankers and heavy equipment from the Kamloops Fire Centre responded with the Princeton and Erris Fire Departments to action the fire. Crews remained on site overnight. Dry grass, steep terrain and winds challenged fire suppression efforts. Today, over 30 firefighters and heavy equipment are creating guard around the fire to establish containment. They will be assisted by one helicopter and airtankers, as needed. Protecting structures in the vicinity of the fire is a top priority, but at this time there are no Evacuation Orders or Alerts in effect.

The fire is suspected to be human-caused but the specific cause is under investigation. Despite the temporary respite in weather conditions, the fire danger rating in many areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre remains “high.” Warm, dry conditions are expected to continue over the next few days, which will further increase the wildfire risk. So far this season, the Kamloops Fire Centre has responded 325 wildfires, approximately 50 per cent of which were human-caused.

This fire serves as a reminder that extra diligence is needed with fire use in the backcountry.

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions, and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website: www.bcwildfire.ca.

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