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Fire crews battle blaze near Cawston

The South Okanagan continues to be in the high or extreme fire danger rating, keeping the Wildfire Management Branch busy.

"Crews have responded to 437 wildfires so far this year, and 14 wildfires have started in the past week," said Fionna Tollovsen, fire information officer. "The public is asked to remain vigilant and use extreme caution during this prolonged period of dry forest conditions."

Wildfire crews are working with the Keremeos Fire Department to control a blaze five kilometres south of Cawston that is estimated to be at 15 hectares. On Wednesday, 24 firefighters and two helicopters are assisting to establish fireguards in accessible areas around the fire and to apply water to cool down hot spots. The Wildfire Management Branch said due to the steep and inaccessible terrain within the fire, crews will not be able to safely access some areas. They predict smoke from this fire will be visible until conditions cool down and the area receives precipitation.

"The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but it is believed to be caused by human activity," said Tollovsen.

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