The White Rock Lake wildfire northeast of Merritt is spreading at a rapid pace Monday morning.

The BC Wildfire Service announced on Sunday evening that crews continue to respond to the wildfire, which has grown considerably given recent high temperatures and increased winds.

The dashboard lists the fire as a “Fire of Note.” As of 10a.m. Monday morning, the BC Wildfire Service’s Fires of Note page has the size of the fire as an estimated 12,500 hectares.

“BC Wildfire Service personnel and aerial resources continue to work with industry partners on site this incident,” reads the site.

“Fire behaviour increased significantly yesterday due to elevated temperatures and increased southwest winds. This aggressive fire behaviour caused growth to the northwest in the sawmill lake and Jimmy Lake areas, and produced a large column of smoke. This elevated behaviour is occurring again this morning in the same areas. Extensive smoke and more growth is occurring.

This increased fire activity is expected to continue in the coming days as hot, dry and windy conditions will persist. No precipitation is anticipated in the near future. These conditions will continue to challenge fire suppression efforts and cause additional growth on this fire.

More structural protection units have been requested. A task force of fire engines will be patrolling and actioning hotspots in an effort to protect properties and high value assets.”

Six helicopters are currently working on bucketing water to the fire.

113 firefighting personnel from Quebec arrived in the Thompson-Nicola region on Saturday, and are assisting in the efforts to fight the White Rock Lake fire, the Thomas Creek fire, and the Brenda Creek fire.