Crews called to 11-hectare wildfire near Ashcroft, B.C.

A new wildfire burning near Aschroft, B.C., seen on Sunday, June 6, 2021. BC Wildfire Service

Crews were called to a new wildfire near Ashcroft, B.C., on Sunday.

The BC Wildfire Service said the 11-hectare Hat Creek Road fire was burning about 10 kilometres south of the community and west of Highway 1.

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Twenty-six BC firefighters were on scene and supported by air tankers and one helicopter, the service said.

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Officials believe the fire was caused by lightning and said no structures were threatened.

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Smoke from the fire was visible from Highway 1.

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B.C.’s southern interior saw scorching hot temperatures last week, with several new heat records set in the Okanagan.

As of June 5, B.C. had recorded 281 wildfires this season, burning a total area of 2,164 hectares — most of it in the Kamloops fire centre.

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