BC WIldfire Crews. (IMAGE CREDIT: FILE PHOTO)

UPDATE: Logan Lake wildfire jumps to 140 hectares

A wildfire in Logan Lake is being hit by air support

UPDATE: 11:45 a.m.

The fire burning northeast of Logan Lake is now pegged at 140 hectares in size.

Fire Information Officer Jody Lucius says 10 pieces of heavy equipment, 60 firefighters and two helicopters are currently battling the blaze near Tunkwa Lake Road. Air tankers will be called in when, and if, needed.

She adds that it is hot and dry in the region today and winds are expected to pick up this afternoon, stoking the blaze.

Lucius says crews are working on containment and attempting to prevent the fire from growing on the north flank.

The fire is believed to be human caused and is under investigation.

No structures are threatened at this time.

Related: Flood risk increases as heavy rainfall forecast for the Okanagan

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WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018:

A fire burning Logan Lake is now measuring somewhere between 25 and 50 hectares.

“We don’t have a good size estimate on it, to be honest,” said Jody Lucius, B.C. Wildfire fire information officer, Wednesday morning.

“We are expecting it’s more than 25 hectares, but because of the smoke and accessibility issues we couldn’t get around it to get a better estimate.”

It is considered out of control, which Lucius says most new fires will be for some time.

A clearer picture should be available in a couple of hours.

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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018

The B.C. Wildfire Service says a fire burning in Logan Lake has grown to about 12 hectares in size.

Marla Catherall, communications assistant for the BC Wildfire Service, said there are no structures being threatened at this time and 40 fighters are on site with air support “actioning” the blaze.

READ MORE: WORST FIRE SEASON IN HISTORY

Catherall couldn’t speak to the rate of growth that the fire at this time, but noted that the hot, dry days have made conditions ideal for fires to spread.

“With the hot sunny and dry weather conditions we’ve had recently, campfires and cooking stoves are allowed, but we have to make sure that fires are put out,” she said.

2017 was considered the worst wildfire season in B.C. Total area burned approaching 9,000 square km across the province

More to come.

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