Smoke in South Okanagan from aggressive wildfire

A wildfire is burning in the Snowy Creek Protected Area.
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire

KEREMEOS - A fire is burning in the remote wilderness of Snowy Creek Protected Area and causing smoke that is visible from Highway 3 and throughout the South Okanagan.

B.C. Wildfire is estimating the aggressive fire at 90 hectares and says it is burning the high elevation grassland and timber surrounded by natural barriers.

Crews have been unable to take action on the fire because of aggressive fire behaviour makes it risky for crews and offers a ‘lack of achievable objectives.’

The fire has crossed the border into the United States and B.C. Wildfire is working with partners in the United States to monitor and assess the wildfire.

The area is under a high fire danger rating and it is believed the fire is lightning-caused. No structures are currently at risk.

Another fire of note is currently burning in the Anarchist Protected Area and is estimated at 20 ha.

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