Update (May 3, 9:45 a.m.):

The two small wildfires burning in the Nicola Valley yesterday are no longer listed as active on the BC Wildfire Service website.

However, the map shows a new, small wildfire is actively burning near Mamit Lake road (Highway 97C) and Highway 8.

The blaze is 1.5 hectares in size, and suspected to be human-caused.

BC Wildfire Service had six members attending to the blaze last night, said fire information officer Taylor MacDonald.

“It is still out of control, but we have no crews out there today as we have turned the incident back over to the local authorities,” she added.

Two human-caused wildfires burn in the Nicola Valley

The BC Wildfire Service is assisting the Lower Nicola Fire department in controlling a 16-hectare fire burning in Shulus, near Moses Bent Road.

The blaze, which was discovered yesterday, is currently “being held,” said fire information office Taylor MacDonald.

She added the fire is suspected to be human-caused.

(Photo courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service).

Meanwhile, a small fire is burning south-west of Merritt near Patchett Road and the Coldwater River.

It’s estimated at .80 hectares in size, MacDonald confirmed, and is also suspected to be human-caused.

In Merritt, the fire danger rating has been changed from “low” to “moderate,” and the Merritt Fire Rescue department is inviting the community to a free workshop to learn about reducing wildfire risk as on May 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Merritt library.