Crews will work overnight on a 60-hectare grasslands wildfire that caused the temporary evacuation of a number of Batchelor Hills residents today (Jun 21, 2018).
Lightning is the suspected culprit in the fire, as a storm passed over the area late in the afternoon. Twenty firefighters and three air tankers assisted Kamloops Fire and Rescue in attacking the blaze, with the tankers laying down fire-retardant lines to contain it.
They made enough progress that the evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes.
Smoke from the fire was “highly visible” within the city. B.C. Wildfire Service said as of 9 p.m. that the fire is not expected to grow.