Smoke over Southern Interior from Coastal Fire Centre

Harrison Lake fire, Aug. 4.
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Smoke drifting into the Southern Interior is likely coming from the 1,370-hectare Harrison Lake fire that has been burning for just over a week now.

As of 4 p.m. the air quality health index was sitting at a low rating throughout the region but Melissa Klassen of B.C. Wildfire says the smoke rolling in is likely due to the Harrison Lake fire.

"Smoke can travel across the whole province," she notes.

Located northwest of Hope in the Coastal Fire Centre, the Harrison Lake fire was originally discovered Sunday, Aug. 2, and quickly grew to 1,325 hectares. The fire is currently 40 per cent contained.

The fire is believed to be human-caused and currently has 136 firefighters and five helicopters working the fire.

There are currently no fires of note in the Kamloops Fire Centre though there are nine active wildfires and one small fire, human-caused, reported within the last 24 hours.

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