Summer's last blast didn't crank up the risk of a forest fire, and the onset of fall is expected to dull the danger even more, a fire information officer said Saturday.
Navi Saini said the fire-danger rating was low to moderate throughout the Kamloops region on the weekend despite several days of record-breaking temperatures.
"There are a few patches of high within the Kamloops jurisdiction but, for the most part, it's low to moderate," said Saini.
It helped that rain fell in the region prior to the latest heat wave, she said. At this time of year, with longer nights and cooler overnight temperatures, it takes a lot more intense heat to create a high or extreme fire danger.
"For the most part, it (the fire danger) is lower than what we'd be used to seeing," said Saini.
It did get unusually hot in Kamloops last week, with daytime highs well into the 30s. This was enough to break several records, including 31.7 C set Sept. 14, 1957, when Environment Canada reported a high of 32 C on Saturday afternoon.
A 2009 high of 31.9 C fell on Thursday and a 50-year milestone of 31.7 C was toppled on Friday.
The record temperatures cease today as a ridge of high pressure that has sat over the region breaks down and is replaced with cooler, more fall-like weather.
Today's high will be 22 C, which is on par with the seasonal norm.
"(Today) is sort of a transition day across the province," said Saini. "Seasonal to below seasonal temperatures are expected to return."
Meanwhile, a small fire burning 40 kilometres southwest of Kamloops is likely to blame for the haze residents woke up to Saturday.
Saini said the Tunkwa fire is about 4.6 hectares in size and believed to be human caused. There were 26 firefighters battling it on Saturday.
The blaze started on Thursday, and is the only fire burning in the Kamloops area, she said.
"We don't have anything significant going on fire wise," said Saini.