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Helicopter dumping water on fire 6 kilometres east of Salmon Arm

BC Wildfire reports the ‘hold-over’ fire rekindled, crews on site
BC Wildfire reports an older fire that has rekindled in current conditions was spotted around 11:30 am. on Thursday, June 15 and a helicopter was dumping water throughout the afternoon. (BC Wildfire map)

Update: 4:30 p.m.

BC Wildfire reports that a helicopter has been dropping water on the two piles of brush that are burning in the Lesser Canoe Creek area during the afternoon of June 15. The fire is about six kilometres east of the shore of Shuswap Lake at Salmon Arm.

Along with the air support, crews on the ground are suppressing the fire with hoses and shovels. It is classified as spot-sized, under 0.009 of a hectare.

Fire information officer Taylor Colman said crews will leave tonight and come back tomorrow, June 16, with hopes to extinguish it completely.

Colman confirmed the fire, which is an older fire that flared up, is suspected to be human-caused.


What’s being called a “hold-over” wildfire was discovered just after 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 at ‘Lesser Canoe Creek’ near Salmon Arm.

“It is a holdover fire that’s popped up under current conditions,” said Taylor Colman, fire information officer with BC Wildfire Service, explaining it’s an old fire that’s flared up.

She said a three-person crew is en route, but she understands it consists of smouldering in a couple of piles.

More information will be provided once the crew arrives, when they will be determining if more equipment or possibly assistance from the air is needed, she said.

Colman estimated that it is about six kilometres east of the shore of Shuswap Lake at Salmon Arm.

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Martha Wickett

About the Author: Martha Wickett

came to Salmon Arm in May of 2004 to work at the Observer. I was looking for a change from the hustle and bustle of the Lower Mainland, where I had spent more than a decade working in community newspapers.
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