UPDATE: A group of wildfires burning roughly nine kilometres east of Oliver are now under control, says BC Wildfire Service.
“They’ve been under control since about an hour ago (12:00 p.m.), but we’re still on scene,” said fire information officer Nicole Bonnett.
A total of 16 personnel were on scene responding to all five fires, as well as fire origin and cause, and compliance and enforcement teams.
Bonnett said enough resources are on scene to extinguish the fire under stable weather conditions.
“With fire things can change, but because it is in that under control stage we aren’t expecting any drastic changes.”
The BC Wildfire Service has confirmed that four new fires have been discovered between Oliver and Mount Baldy in the past 24 hours.
Three of the fires are burning in the Wolfcub Creek area and are all under 1 hectare in size, ranging from 0.01 HA to 0.72 HA.
A fire in the Camp McKinney Road area, currently burning at 0.01 HA, is suspected to be person-caused and is currently under investigation.
The Oliver Fire Department was called to assist by providing a water tender (mobile water tank) and a bush truck, said fire department spokesman Rob Graham.
Crews were on scene from 3:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
A fifth fire was found at the McCuddy Creek area this morning, but has been marked as inactive already, BC Wildfire Service says.
There is currently no fire ban in the area but the Kamloops Fire Centre confirmed they are working on putting one in effect this week.
A full list and map of active wildfires is available here.
More details to come.