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Wildfire suspected to be human caused

The Dick Hart Memorial Park Wildfire holds stead at 4.5 ha
 | April 18, 2021
Photo submitted by BC Wildfire Services.

BC Wildfire Services (BCWS) is conducting an investigation into the cause of a wildfire discovered yesterday, April 17, around Dick Hart Memorial Park. It is currently suspected the fire was human caused.

BCWS is unable to confirm at this time whether the fire ignited inside or outside the park boundaries.

Conditions have not changed much overnight, with the wildfire measured at 4.5 ha, up from 1.1 ha yesterday morning.

“Some of this growth of this fire is attributed to small scale hand ignitions conducted by ground crews…to bring the fire perimeter to natural control lines,” said BCWS.

It is currently categorized as “being held,” which means current conditions and fire suppression are stopping the wildfire from growing in size. Fifteen BCWS personnel remain on site fighting the fire and no structures are threatened.

The Kamloops Fire Centre has responded to 28 wildfires so far this spring.

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“Many of these early season fires have been are driven by winds, dry conditions, and dead surface fuels (including grass and needles). Particularly, grass curing in valley bottoms and at lower elevations.”

The BCWS is reminding people to please be extremely cautious with their fire usage or when participating in activities outdoors.

The public is asked to contribute any information they have for the investigation by calling the Natural Resource Violation Reporting Line at 1-877-952-7277 or by using the online form found here.

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