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UPDATE: Small forest fire near Sicamous classified as being held

BC Wildfire Service air tanker drops retardant on fire near Sicamous on Wednesday, May 29. Courtesy: Shelley Hansen

UPDATE:

The small forest fire that started Monday night near Sicamous is now controlled.

“It’s currently classified as being held, which means that we don’t anticipate any spread,” said B.C. Wildfire Service information officer Marla Catherall,

The blaze spread to 0.2 hectares in size.

“Three personnel from the B.C. Wildfire Services that attended the scene yesterday and they assisted the Sicamous volunteer fire department,” said Catherall.

B.C. Wildfire Service also said that they have the same number of crew members working on the fire today as well.

The fire is suspected to be human caused.

ORIGINAL STORY:

B.C. Wildfire crews are working on containing a small forest fire in Sicamous, north of Wiseman Creek.

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An air tanker was flown in to place a retardant line around the blaze while a three-person initial attack crew is working on containing the flames on the ground, according to Kyla Fraser, a B.C. Wildfire Service spokesperson.

The blaze grew to about .2 of a hectare, she said.

Shuswap resident Shelley Hansen said she saw the smoke rising at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday night.

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“I’m not sure how the fire started but there are no homes up there,” Hansen told Global News. “It is burning close to Sicamous Creek Falls.”

Hansen said the nearest homes are on the east side of Highway 97A, including a trailer park.

Fraser said wildfire crews do not believe the blaze will grow overnight.

The cause is under investigation, according to Fraser.

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