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Wildfire being held near the Town of Oliver

Human-caused blaze grew to 4.5 hectares in an hour

Update: 3:30 p.m.

The fire that erupted on Oliver Mountain close to homes is being held because of the quick actions of firefighters and the BC Wildfire Service.

BCWS posted on their map that as of 3:30 p.m. the human-caused fire had grown to 4.5 hectares in size but had been contained. Firefighters were attacking it on the ground and helicopters poured water on it.

Original: 1:45 p.m.

A fire has erupted near homes on the town of Oliver.

Residents posting pictures to social media of flames and large amounts of smoke say it is coming from Oliver Mountain near the water reservoir and high school.

At 1:30, BC Wildfire Services had listed the fire as two hectares in size and started at 12:30 p.m. at Tower Hill.

By 2 p.m. the fire had already grown to three hectares. They have updated to say that the blaze is human caused.

Helicopters have been bucketing the fire since it was called in and firefighters are on the ground.

Caroline White took pictures of flames above her home on Kootenay Street.

The Western News will update this story as information comes in.

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Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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