Princeton wildfire continues to spread in strong winds
Fire started Sunday has already grown to 180 hectares
A wildfire that broke out Sunday about six kilometres north of Princeton, B.C. has already spread to cover 180 hectares after it was fanned by strong winds overnight.
The fire is burning near Princeton-Summerland Road. Crews have put some sprinklers on the nearby Princeton Fairgrounds and some local businesses.
"Dry grass, steep terrain and winds challenged fire suppression efforts. Today, over 30 firefighters and heavy equipment are creating guard around the fire to establish containment. They will be assisted by one helicopter and airtankers, as needed," said a statement released by the B.C. Wildfire Branch.
Spokesperson Kayla Pepper says they suspect it was caused by people because there have been no recent lightning strikes in the area.
"Despite the temporary respite in weather conditions, the fire danger rating in many areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre remains 'high.' Warm, dry conditions are expected to continue over the next few days, which will further increase the wildfire risk," said the statement.