Crews attacking BX wildfire

One hectare blaze reported just after 6 p.m. on Tillicum Road

A bomber drops retardant on a fire off Tillicum Road in the BX Tuesday evening.

A bomber drops retardant on a fire off Tillicum Road in the BX Tuesday evening.

UPDATE 9:25 P.M. – A blanket of retardant has allowed crews to get the upper hand on a BX fire.

The B.C. Wildfire Service has turned the blaze on Tillicum Road over to the BX-Swan Lake Fire Department after air tankers attacked the fire from above.

“It’s not going anywhere and the fire department is confident it can handle it overnight,” said Kelsey Winter, with the B.C. Wildfire Service.

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Firefighters are attempting to keep a BX blaze from spreading.

A wildfire was reported on Tillicum Road at about 6 p.m. Tuesday and four initial attack crew from the B.C. Wildfire Service and BX-Swan Lake firefighters are on scene.

“There is visible, open flame and tankers are actioning as well,” said Kelsey Winter, a Wildfire Service information officer.

The fire is about one hectare in size as of 7:50 p.m. and while the source is under investigation, it’s believed to be human caused.

 

Vernon Morning Star