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Crew battle blaze at East Barriere Lake

August 15, 2016 3:48 P.M.

A crew of 14 firefighters was battling hot weather and flames Monday, Aug. 15, trying to build a hand guard around a wildfire at East Barriere Lake.

Estimated to be a hectare in size, the fire is believed to have been started by lightning on Sunday afternoon, said fire information officer Max Birkner. The fire is burning at the north end of the lake, which is home to cabins, residential properties and a recreation site, with most structures clustered at the south end and midsection of the lakeshore. No structures are currently threatened.

“They’re still in the initial attack stage,” Birkner said Monday afternoon. They are hoping to have the fire partly contained by nightfall.

Another smaller fire was contained on Sunday at Beaton Creek in the vicinity of Cherry Creek. Three firefighters were out again Monday to check on that one, estimated at 0.1 ha in size. That fire is also believed to be been caused by lightning.

To date, there have been 179 fires in the Kamloops Fire Centre, 93 caused by lightning, 82 by humans. That compares with 404 fires at this time last year.

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