The fire grew from 6 hectares to 50 hectares in a few hours Friday Sept. 3. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Fire discovered today near Apex Mountain is already 50 hectares

BC Wildfire actions blaze with helicopters, water tankers and boots on the ground

A fire burning near Green Mountain Road, identified as Hedges Butte, has taken off in the past few hours.

Discovered and reported earlier today as six hectares, as of 2:32 pm Friday Sept. 3 it is now listed at 50 hectares. BC Wildfire was actioning the blaze aggressively, according to Ayden Coray, information officer for the Kamloops Fire Centre.

Coray told Black Press there were 16 firefighters on scene, supported by six helicopters and multiple air tankers. Additional personnel have been dispatched to assist, she added.

The fire is burning out of control approximately 11 kilometres away from Apex Mountain, and about 15 kilometres from Penticton.

Coray said the fire is travelling uphill, and no structures are threatened at this time.

Green Mountain Road is still open and homes up Apex aren’t being threatened at this time. The Western News will continue to provide updates.

Related: Brushfire sparked along Green Mountain Road towards Apex

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