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Crews called to new wildfire burning southwest of Kamloops

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Posted June 23, 2021 6:42 pm

BC Wildfire Service crews have been called to an out-of-control wildfire burning 11 kilometres southwest of Kamloops.

The fire is burning next to the Coquihalla Highway, and while smoke is visible from the road, fire officials said it was not affecting travel.

The fire was 0.5 hectares in size as of Wednesday afternoon.

Ten BC Wildfire Service firefighters and crews from the Kamloops Fire Department were on scene.

It comes as temperatures soar across southern British Columbia, with potentially record-breaking heat in the forecast for next week.

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B.C. has recorded 337 wildfires to date in the 2021 season, burning an estimated 2,595 hectares (25.95 square kilometres).

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