Smoke rises from the trees at Canim Lake on Monday, Aug 14.

Aug. 16: Increased activity seen on fires near Canim Lake this afternoon

Aerial bucketing support assisting ground crews

8:45 p.m. update: Two of the larger fires started by lightning over the weekend increased in activity into the afternoon today, says Fire Information Officer Alison Martin.

Fire C41703 (south of Canim Lake) is now at 160 hectares. Martin says there is a cat guard around the perimeter.

“Fire activity increased this afternoon so aerial bucketing support was brought in to help ground crews work to extinguish those,” she says, adding that work will continue tomorrow to identify hot spots and continue to secure the guard.

Fire C41707 (south of Hawkins Lake) was similar, Martin says. Activity picked up in the afternoon and bucketing also assisted ground crews. The fire is still estimated at 35 hectares.

“Crews will continue to secure the perimeter tomorrow.”

Original story: A new crop of fires that started around the South Cariboo over the weekend have seen little growth.

C41709 (Timothy Lake) is out according to Fire Information Officer Lindsay Marks.

C41749 (Mount Timothy) is being held, but it’s very small, less than a hectare, says Marks.

C41718 (south west of Canim Lake) is still less than a hectare. “There hasn’t been much of a change on that one,” says Marks.

C41728 (south east of Spring Lake) is now out.

C41712 (east of Horse Lake) remains at 1.5 hectares.

C41703 (south of Canim Lake) remains at approximately 150 hectares with aerial and ground support. More resources are expected to be assigned to the fire today. There has been minimal grown on the fire due to cooler weather, higher humidity and calmer winds, according to Alison Martin, Fire Information Officer.

C41707 (south of Hawkins Lake) hasn’t seen any growth, says Marks. “They are reassessing that one today.”

For previous updates on fires in the South Cariboo that may now be out, see yesterday’s story: Many smaller fires in the South Cariboo out or being held

For updates on the Elephant Hill fire, see our most recent story: TNRD working to access areas recently affected by Elephant Hill fire

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