A fire in grasslands along Highway 1 west of Kamloops has grown to 200 hectares.
BC Wildfire Service reports the Sabiston Creek wildfire near Savona has doubled in size since Wednesday night, June 5.
A controlled burn is being conducted to control the fire and eliminate fuels on the periphery that could ignite on their own.
“This useful tactic only happens when conditions are ideal and allows us to create a burn out in a controlled, supervised environment, rather than having these pockets ignite in an uncontrolled environment,” announced the BC Wildfire Service in its Twitter feed, noting smoke may be produced as a result.
UPDATE: The Sabiston Creek #BCWildfire (K20487) is now estimated at 200 hectares in size. Crews will conduct controlled burn operations to remove unburnt fuels between the edge of the fire and the control line. More info below. #Kamloops #Lytton pic.twitter.com/KBPeAfJtdf
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) June 6, 2019
BC Wildfire Service crews are also conducting a test burn near Lytton “in order to assess and verify fire behaviour and fuel conditions” there.