A large grassfire at the end of Noble Creek Road was most likely human-caused, said Michaela Swan of Kamloops Wildfire Centre.
“Certainly there was no lightning in the area and it’s a well-known area for human activity so although the cause is under investigation, it’s certainly believed to be a human-caused wildfire.”
Kamloops Fire Rescue initially responded to reports of a fire near Westsyde at around 11 a.m.
By 11:30 a.m., crews determined the blaze was outside city limits so provincial firefighters were called in.
They responded with 12 firefighters, two fire trucks and an airplane water bomber.
The fire spread to seven hectares of grassy and sporadically treed land by early evening. Although it was 80 per cent contained, it was expected to grow slightly larger because crews were burning off fuels between the fire and the road, said Swan.
Calm winds helped crews keep control of the flames, however.
Structures were never threatened, said Swan.