Some great pics of yesterday’s fire… Clockwise from top left: BC Wildfire Service, Jessica Newton (fb), Tammy U’Ren(fb), Leanne C.(fb), MMMarket

Worryingly close. The BC Wildfire Service responded to a wildfire just outside town, near Coutlee/Billwiller Rd., late yesterday afternoon. Hwy 8 was closed going to Lower Nicola. Ground crews, helicopters and airtankers were on site quickly, along with members of the Merritt fire department. The suspected cause is a tree branch hitting power lines. The wildfire eventually reached an estimated 7 hectares, but by 7pm the highway was open again & all sign of smoke gone…

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