Kamloops fire crews are dealing with a grass fire in the Mount Paul area

Grass fire in Mount Paul

UPDATED: 3:00 p.m.

The wildfire in the Mount Paul area has been knocked down.

Firefighters used water pumped from the North Thompson River to put out what was left of the blaze, according to a social media post from Kamloops Fire Rescue.

The fire was out as of 1:30 p.m.

UPDATED: 12:56 p.m.

Officials say they aren’t overly concerned about a grass fire spreading to nearby structures in the Mount Paul area given where the blaze is burning.

Kamloops Fire Rescue crews responded to the 200-block of Chilcotin Road at about 11:15 a.m. for a report of a brush fire. BC Wildfire Service crews are also on scene supporting firefighters.

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Coun. Thomas Blank told Castanet Kamloops the fire is contained by a road and the North Thompson River, so there isn’t much concern about flames spreading to any structures.

The location of the fire is making access difficult, Blank said, and water is being shuttled in by trucks from a nearby hydrant.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown, but Blank said it is believed to have been caused by human activity. The fire has drawn a large response from Kamloops Fire Rescue, the BC Wildfire Service and police, all of whom are on scene, as well as at least one BC Conservation Officer Service vehicle.

Smoke from the fire appeared to be dying down at about 12:40 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: 11:50 a.m.

Fire crews are dealing with a grass fire on the Tk’emlups the Secwepemc reserve.

The blaze was first reported late on Wednesday morning near the 200-block of Chilcotin Road in the Mount Paul area.

Smoke can be seen from the North Shore, as well as parts of downtown Kamloops.

Kamloops Fire Rescue crews are working the blaze, but the BC Wildfire Service may send additional crews to help out.

Castanet Kamloops has a reporter en route and will update this story when more information is known.

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