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Wildfire under attack

A bomber drops retardant over the Mt. Nelson fire near Sugar Lake, which was sparked Saturday and has now grown to more than 100 hectares in size. - Ryan Van Veen Photo
A bomber drops retardant over the Mt. Nelson fire near Sugar Lake, which was sparked Saturday and has now grown to more than 100 hectares in size.
— image credit: Ryan Van Veen Photo

Progress is being made on a wildfire burning about 40 kilometres north of Cherryville.

As of Tuesday morning, the Mt. Nelson fire, near Sugar Lake, remained at 107 hectares in size.

“It has calmed down,” said Kelsey Winter, a fire information officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre.

“There was no significant growth overnight.”

The factors that have helped in tackling the blaze is steady bucketing of water by helicopters, increased humidity overnight and a lack of strong winds.

The initial report of the wildfire came in Saturday just before 1 p.m.

It’s believed the cause may be a hold-over lightning strike from a couple of weeks ago.

There are no structures in the area but crews are trying to protect valuable stands of timber.

“We want to minimize the size of the fire and keep it from spreading,” said Kayla Pepper, a fire information officer.

Currently, the fire is spreading into the higher elevations.

“There is still some snow in that area which creates a natural break for us,” said Pepper.

To report a fire or smoke sighting, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a mobile phone.

 

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