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Oyama fire 100 per cent contained

Crews work to put out the Oyama fire, which started early Wednesday morning. The blaze is currently nine hectares in size. - Douglas Farrow / Contributor
Crews work to put out the Oyama fire, which started early Wednesday morning. The blaze is currently nine hectares in size.
— image credit: Douglas Farrow / Contributor

A fire burning seven kilometres east of Oyama grew from 3.5 to nine hectares in a couple hours Wednesday morning, but was 100 per cent contained by late afternoon.

Kamloops Fire Information Officer Michaela Swan said crews managed to get guards and hose lay all the way around the perimeter of the fire by 4 p.m.

Thirty-seven personnel, four pieces of equipment and two helicopters were battling the blaze as of 4:30 p.m. and Swan said those crews are expected to stick around until about 8 p.m.

Overnight Wednesday a five-person team of contract crews is expected to continue snuffing out the area. Swan said mop-up work will likely take place Thursday morning.

At its peak, the fire was a rank four, meaning it was a highly vigorous surface fire, spreading three to six metres per minute.

By late afternoon it was considered a low vigour surface fire.

Swan said initially the fire burned "quite aggressively" due to the terrain and logging slash.

The blaze was first reported to the Kamloops Fire Centre at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"We suspect it is a lightning fire, but a fire-cause investigation will have to be completed to confirm that," said Swan.

Chicky Drouillard, owner of Oyama Lake Fishing Resort, was watching the bombers attack the fire from his porch Wednesday morning.

"These guys are good…when we get a fire up here, they're right on it," said Drouillard.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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