A bomber dumps retardant on a small wildfire burning in the thick timber on the mountain above Eagle Rock Road in Spallumcheen Monday morning.

A bomber dumps retardant on a small wildfire burning in the thick timber on the mountain above Eagle Rock Road in Spallumcheen Monday morning.

Small wildfire sparked in Spallumcheen

Air support called in, residents reminded to be vigilant with fire use due to high fire rating in the area

Quick action by fire crews doused a small wildfire on the mountain above Eagle Rock Road in Spallumcheen Monday.

Air support and an initial attack crew were used to contain the less than one-quarter of a hectare blaze.

“We received reports of it at eight (Monday) morning,” said Melissa Welsh, Kamloops Fire Centre fire information officer.

It’s too early to determine the cause of the rank one fire, which was burning in heavy timber on the mountain side.

With such fires, the public is reminded to be especially vigilant with their fire use or any spark producing activity as the Vernon area is experiencing a high fire rating.

“That means the forest fuels are very dry,” said Welsh of the high rating, which was recently downgraded from extreme. “So if there’s a wildfire it spreads very rapidly.”

There is currently an open fire ban in the region, but no campfire bans have been put in place yet. Although a campfire ban could be considered later this week if high to extreme fire ratings continue.

“That’s typically when we look at implementing a campfire ban (after several days of high to extreme ratings),” said Welsh.

To date, there have been 133 wildfires in the Kamloops fire centre, burning 1,848 hectares.