Black Mountain fire under control

A new fire between Turtle Valley and Notch Hill is considered to be under control by the Kamloops Fire Centre.

The Black Mountain fire, between Turtle Valley and Notch Hill, has been completely blanketed with fire retardant, according to the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Melissa Klassen, fire information officer, said at 3:45 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 27) that the fire was reported just after 11 a.m. today and air tankers were working it between noon and 1 p.m.

Although the fire was showing a little Rank 3 behaviour with trees candling, crews “brought it to Rank 2 and 100 per cent blanketed it with retardant,” Klassen said.

Along with the air tankers, a five-person rappel crew responded.

“It was looking like it was in good shape,” she said.

The fire was estimated at 0.8 hectares and is believed to have been caused by lightning.

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