BC Wildfire Service working quickly to contain wildfire west of Merritt.
Information officer Melanie Morin says the fire that started just before 4pm near the Dot Ranch Rd cut-off on the Nooaitch Indian Band reserve grew to two hectares, before it was contained shortly before 8pm.
Firefighters were expected to be working well into the night to fully extinguish the blaze.
"There are still seven firefighters on the ground. The airtanker and three helicopters that also responded have completed their objectives. The fire is currently estimated at two hectares in size, but is not expected to grow. We can confirm there are structures near the vicinity of the fire, but none are threatened at this time. Crews will continue to work throughout the night to fully extinguish the fire, which is burning grass, and brush fuel."
The cause of the fire remains unknown.
Boil water notice could be lifted in Lower Nicola by the end of September.
Carla Beacon with the Lower Nicola Water Works system says construction of the new system could start as early as next week, and if that happens the boil water notice in place since May 11th could be lifted inside of two-months.
"We still need the Ministry of Transportation to sign off on our construction plans, but that is expected by the end of the week. Then it depends on how construction of our new system goes, and I imagine Interior Health will need to a bunch of testing before its operational. But, we're hopeful we will be up and running by the end of September."
Beacon does add that water samples continue to come back within acceptable range.
Roughly 320 customers are affected by the boil water notice from the Lower Nicola Water Works system.