Wildfire near Merritt growing to seven hectares.
Kamloops Fire Centre information officer Marla Catherill says the blaze was detected yesterday afternoon at Pike Mountain, between Merritt and Princeton.
No structures are being threatened at this time, but it's burning Rank 3 in heavy timber, and she says Mother Nature isn't making it any easier to contain.
"It's super hot, it's extremely dry, and the humidity is down. So, those factors make prime fire conditions."
Catherill says BC Wildfire Service crews, a water bomber, helicopter and heavy equipment were on scene yesterday actioning the blaze.
The wildfire is believed to believed to be human caused.
Wildfire sparking near Merritt.
Kamloops Fire Centre information officer Marla Catherill says a half hectare blaze was detected this afternoon northwest of Allison Lake.
She says it's burning Rank 3, in heavy timber, but no structures are threatened at this time.
"It's a vigorous surface fire that is exhibiting candling."
Catherill says the wildfire is believed to believed to be human caused.
BC Wildfire Service crews are on scene, and a water bomber and helicopter are assisting their efforts to contain the blaze.
Cowboy severely injured in fall near Merritt.
Nicola Valley Search and Rescue Association manager Lynne Broekhuizen, says they were called to an area on the Coutlee Range southwest of Merritt Saturday morning, after a cowboy had fallen down a ravine.
Due to the severity of his injuries he had to be first airlifted from the ravine, and then loaded into a different helicopter to hospital in Kamloops.
"We had to call Penticton Search and Rescue for assistance. The have what is called the H.E.T, the helicopter external transport system. They dropped in with a long line, we helped package him, and we took him to the waiting air ambulance and he was flown to R.I.H."
Broekhuizen says the cowboy suffered multiple injuries, including a suspected broken arm, but is expected to survive.