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Similkameen wildfires expected to burn until significant precipitation falls

The Old Tom Creek wildfire burning near Olalla is now visible from Highway 3 after high winds pushed it into grasslands on the weekend.
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September 04, 2018 - 4:57 PM

PENTICTON - Strong winds over the weekend fanned the flames of the Similkameen’s Old Tom Creek wildfire, but so far it has kept away from interface areas.

B.C. Wildfire Service reports the Old Tom Creek wildfire was pushed into grassland southwest of the fire’s location on the weekend, and is now visible from Highway 3.

The 1,087 ha fire burning 7 km west of Olalla is now considered "being held," with 122 ground personnel working to limit the fire’s spread and ensure there are no threats to infrastructure.

The Similkameen’s other two wildfires of note continue to burn, but are not posing threats to property.

The Cool Creek wildfire, 20 km east northeast of Eastgate is still considered out of control and presently being worked by 99 ground crew and 16 pieces of equipment.

The Snowy Creek wildfire continues with the status of being held. The 17,565 ha fire, located 4 km south of Keremeos, is visible from the Village of Keremeos and Highway 3.

As with the Cool Creek fire, smoke will be visible burning within the fire’s perimeter until the region gets heavy rain or snow, B.C. Wildfire says on its website.

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