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Rash of wildfires flare up across region

July 27, 2016 1:23 P.M.
Scorched grass off Hwy. 1 west of Kamloops. (Kevin Skrepnek/Instagram)

Firefighters responded to 18 new wildfires in the southern Interior Tuesday, July 26, including two in the vicinity of Kamloops.

A vehicle fire near Cherry Creek spread from the Trans-Canada Hwy. shoulder into the grass but was quickly brought under control and burned less than a hectare. 

Later Tuesday, there were two more blazes caused by lightning in the area, one near Dairy Creek, the other, three km west of the Skeetchestn turnoff. 

All of the local fires were relatively small and posed no threat to property or structures.

The rash of fires marked the first significant wave of flare-ups in the region so far this season.

Another blaze near Enderby

On Wednesday, crews are responding to a 14-hectare wildfire burning in the Homathko River-Tatlayoko Protected Area, near the junction of the Homathko River and Mosley Creek, about 220 km southwest of Williams Lake.

A total of 29 firefighters and two helicopters were working on the fire. Air tankers have also been used to support the work of ground crews. The fire is in a remote area and no communities or structures are being threatened at this time.

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