Merritt fire

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Merritt fire

Postby Frisk » Jul 17th, 2015, 8:19 pm

I wonder if the smoke on left side of the webcam photo below is from the one near Merritt?

Forestry crews are currently on the scene of a pair of fires burning within the Okanagan region.

The largest of the two is burning on Hamilton Hill near Merritt.

Fire information officer Kelsey Winter says the fire is 7.5 hectares in size. It's burning Rank 2 in an area mostly comprised of rangeland.

Winter says two initial attack crews (eight firefighters) and a 20 person sustained action crew are on scene along with three helicopters.

Air tankers have been called back to further assist the fire.

Witnesses who have driven by the area say the fire has been burning uphill. Winter says winds in the 20km/hr range had been recorded earlier in the day.

Near Vernon a small grass fire about 15km north of the city near Highway 97 remains at about half a hectare in size. Two initial attack crews are being assisted by the Armstrong Fire Department.
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