Spot fire near Sun Peaks extinguished: BC Wildfire

The fire was originally reported at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, July 12.
A helicopter flies in the sky above Sun Peaks, responding to reports of a wildfire in the area.
A helicopter responds to a wildfire near Sun Peaks, July 12. Photo by Liz McDonald

Final update: BC Wildfire reported the spot fire 4.5 kilometres west of Sun Peaks has been extinguished.

4 p.m. update: A BC Wildfire spokesperson has confirmed the fire’s status is still ‘being held’ and the size and location has not changed.

“Being held means we have established a containment line around it and we aren’t expecting growth at this time,” the spokesperson said.

Five on-the-ground personnel will continue to respond to the fire.

The next update is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The yellow dot indicates the change in the fire’s status from ‘out of control’ to ‘being held,’ meaning it has been contained and is not expected to grow in size. Photo by BC Wildfire

3 p.m. update: BC Wildfire has updated their website to reflect the status of the fire stage as “being held,” meaning it is unlikely to spread under the current conditions.

The next update is scheduled for 4 p.m.

2 p.m. update: BC Wildfire has confirmed the fire is 4.5 kilometres away from the heart of Sun Peaks Village. The fire is currently spot-sized, meaning less than .01 hectares in size, and BC Wildfire crews are responding with five personnel on the ground and one helicopter.

“Personnel are there, they are going to look to establish the usual stuff, but they are going to look to establish containment lines to try and prevent spread and then look to kill any hot spots in the area,” a BC Wildfire spokesperson told SPIN.

Sun Peaks Fire Rescue is also closely monitoring the situation, according to a post on their Facebook page.

The next update is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

The wildfire is approximately 4.5 kilometres from Sun Peaks Village. Photo by BC Wildfire

BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) has confirmed crews are responding to a small wildfire west of Sun Peaks. According to BC Wildfire’s website, the wildfire is .009 hectare and is currently classified as “out of control,” with the cause being lightening or natural.

The fire was originally reported at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, July 12.

This story is ongoing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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