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New wildfire sparked near Big White; 2 others continue to burn out of control

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July 05, 2021 - 3:23 PM

Smoke from a new fire near Big White has gained the attention of B.C. Wildfire, though it’s still too early to say how it will be addressed.

Aydan Corui, fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said it’s been spotted 12.5 kilometres from Big White, close to the border, on Canada’s side.

More information is expected to be made available in the hours to come.

In the meantime, the other two fires near Big White remain in a similar state to what they were assessed at on the weekend.

The Long Loch Fire, which is an estimated 24 km from Big White, is still mapped at 60 hectares in size, a downgrade from initial estimates of 100 hectares.

The lightning-sparked blaze is still considered to be out of control, Corui said, adding that the hose lines and a guard with heavy equipment have been built.

The Derickson Lake fire, which is 18 km from Big White, is still mapped at 1,140 ha, it previously was mapped at 1,300 ha.

“The size change over the weekend was from accurate tracking,” she said.

It is also still out of control.

An air quality statement is also in effect for the Central and North Okanagan today due to wildfire smoke in the region.

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