British Columbia

13-hectare fire burning near West Kelowna

27 firefighters are currently on site at a wildfire 18 kilometres west of West Kelowna, supported by air tankers, three skimmer aircraft and one helicopter.

Blaze is 2.5 km from a resort and campsite, but neither is currently threatened, officials say

Smoke can be seen from the air west of West Kelowna where a 13-hectare fire is burning. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)

27 firefighters with air support are battling an approximately 13-hectare fire that broke out near West Kelowna Sunday morning.

The blaze started 18 kilometres west of West Kelowna, and 2.5 kilometres from Jackpine Lake, said Max Birkner, information officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre.

"Right now air tankers, three skimmer aircraft and one helicopter are supporting ground crews with fire suppression efforts," Birkner said.

Birkner added that 40 more firefighters will attend to the fire Sunday afternoon, and 20 will remain on the site overnight.

He said no structures are currently threatened by the fire, and said a nearby resort and campsite at Jackpine Lake are also not threatened.

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