The BC Wildfire service says a recently-discovered blaze in the Columbia Valley near White Rock is burning out of control.
Southeast Fire Centre information officer Ashley Davidoff says the fire is at 54 hectares and is being tended to by firefighting personnel.
“An out of control fire describes a wildfire that is not responding, or only responding on a limited basis to suppression action, such as the perimeter spread is not being contained.”
Davidoff says the wildfire is receiving sustained suppression action which includes air support in efforts to establish containment.
“Currently we have 49 personnel on site, two water tenders, two pieces of heavy equipment and two helicopters bucketing the fire.”
No communities or structures are threatened.
Four smaller wildfires outside of Elkford are under control.
An investigation is ongoing to determine what caused the five fires.
They’re believed to be human-caused.
– Ashley Davidoff, Information Officer, Southeast Fire Centre