The edge of one popular lake is burning up in the province. The wildfire at Shuswap Lake erupted sometime around Monday night, August 3 and some local witnesses report it was caused by people setting off fireworks. Although it grew quickly, sources said that the fire department quickly managed to get it under control.

According to an update on Tuesday, August 4 by the BC Wildfire Service, a one-hectare sized wildfire is blazing near Marble point, on the coast of Shuswap lake.

They've deployed 25 firefighters as well as aircraft to help control the flame.

"Numerous people saw a boat — not a houseboat, just a normal boat — lighting off fireworks over in the area, about an hour before I found the fire," Brent Graf with Bigwater Taxi told Narcity.

He saw and reported the fire on Monday night, August 3. Over several videos he posted to Facebook, the fires can be seen slowly growing in size overnight.

When he first saw, it was about 25 feet in diameter. Just 90 minutes later, it roared to rise 300 to 400 feet over the ridge.

According to Graf, the fire could have been started by people setting off fireworks nearby.

However, according to Graf, the BC Wildfire Service is already making big strides in fighting off the flame.

"The B.C. bomber boys came here and they've just been slamming it with six or eight water bombers," he said.

"It's pretty much knocked right down, probably getting to the point where they're just going to come in with ground crews and be putting out the hot spots."

Meanwhile, another fire had erupted by Dry Lake, 24 kilometres from Princeton, the wildfire service reported.

They classed it as being "out of control." The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen already gave evacuation notices to 43 homes in the area.

In a later update, BC Wildfire Service told Narcity that the fire is currently "out of control" and has spread to cover 2 hectares. There are 25 personnel on the scene, as well as two helicopters. They are currently investigating what caused it.*

 

For Graf, he said he was worried at first but was glad to see the fire service respond so quickly and effectively.

"The Snowbirds don't hold anything on these guys, I can tell you that," he said.

*This article has been updated.

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