Smoke from a wildfire north of Clinton, Aug. 5, 2020. BC Wildfire Service is reporting that it is a new fire, not a flare-up of one from Aug. 1. (Photo credit: Megan J. Francis)

New wildfire springs up north of Clinton; lightning suspected as cause

Fire is not a flare-up of blaze that started on Aug. 1 near 51 Mile Creek

UPDATE Aug. 7: Fire is confirmed to have been extinguished.

UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: A new fire north of Clinton, which was reported on the afternoon of Aug. 5, is .05 hectares in size, according to Fire Information Officer Jessica Mack.

“We have 24 firefighters at the site,” she says. “An air tanker was on site and has completed its mission for the night, but a helicopter will remain there for the rest of the evening, and there is also a water tender at the site.”

She adds that lightning is suspected as the cause of the fire. A fire north of Clinton that started on Aug. 1 was also caused by lightning, according to the BCWS.

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Just days after successfully dealing with a fire northeast of Clinton, BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is dealing with another, separate wildfire north of the community.

According to Cariboo Fire Centre Fire Information Officer Jessica Mack, the new fire — reported on the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 5 — is not a flare-up of the one that was reported seven kilometres northeast of Clinton on Aug. 1. That fire — C40806 — was across from the old airport in Big Bar Road, near 51 Mile Creek. It was successfully put out on Aug. 2.

The new fire is north of that location, and Mack says BCWS crews are responding to it. According to eyewitnesses, water bombers are at the site, tackling the blaze.



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