Forest fire ignites near Falkland

Firefighters were rolling into an area west of Falkland Thursday to battle a forest fire.

Firefighters were rolling into an area west of Falkland Thursday to battle a forest fire.

The first call on the blaze came in just before 3 p.m., and fire centre fire information officer Kayla Pepper said that by 3:30 p.m., the fire had grown to 15 hectares in size.

“The fire is about eight kilometres west of Falkland, near the Falkland Dump,” said Pepper Thursday afternoon.

Six initial attack firefighters were dispatched to the scene, and they were being joined by 12 sustained action crew firefighters.

Heavy equipment such as bulldozers and water tankers were also en route, as were air tankers.

“There are some timber values in the area but our bird dog confirmed that no structures are threatened at this time,” said Pepper Thursday afternoon.

A cause of the fire had not been determined as of The Morning Star’s press deadline.

It was the second fire of the week in the Kamloops zone, following a big blaze Wednesday one kilometre east of the Kamloops city limits.

“It’s been a later start for the fire season, but even though it’s cooler, it’s dry enough for wildfire starts,” cautioned Pepper.

As of Thursday, the fire danger rating throughout the Kamloops region, which encompasses the North Okanagan, was high.