A new wildfire has started near Kamloops.
According to the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), the East Meadows Plateau wildfire, about 20 kilometres north of the city, sparked on Wednesday (Aug. 17). The blaze is approximately three hectares in size and is being fought by nine personnel, and two helicopters.
The fire is displaying rank two and three behaviour, which means it is a surface fire with flame and moving at a slow to moderate spread.
A tweet from the BCWS says the wildfire is “highly visible to Kamloops and the surrounding area.” The blaze is unrelated to the Watching Creek fire, which is about nine kilometres to the south.
The Kamloops area is currently under a heat warning. Environment Canada is forecasting a high of 37 C for Thursday, and 32 C for Friday.
#BCWildfire is responding to the East Meadows Plateau fire (K21514) located approx. 20 km N of #Kamloops. The fire is estimated to be 3 ha and displaying rank two and three fire behaviour, meaning a surface fire with visible flame and slow to moderate rate of spread. pic.twitter.com/WP1yayilyx
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 17, 2022