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Smouldering fire found near West Kelowna park

This fire was found smouldering near Glen Canyon Park.
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July 29, 2020 - 9:55 AM

A smouldering fire found Wednesday morning prompted the Regional District of Central Okanagan to remind everyone of what's at stake this time of year.

"This is just plain dangerous given our high and rising Fire danger not to mention it’s illegal," the regional district said through their social media. "This campfire was found this morning by our parks staff off the Smith Creek entrance to upper Glen Canyon Regional Park. Smoking and open fires are not allowed anytime in our regional parks. Please don’t be the person that causes a fire."

The province has rated much of the fire danger rating in West Kelowna a five, which means there's an "extreme danger." Other areas around the Kamloops Fire Centre have been rated from four to five. Four is "high danger."

Contributing to the high danger rating are intense temperatures.

Environment Canada reissued its heat warning for the South Thompson, the entire Okanagan, the Shuswap, Thompson and Boundary.

Temperatures are expected to rise to 35 C today, with lows of  of 18 C. It will be more of the same through Friday.

A strong ridge of high pressure remains over the southern interior of British Columbia leading to hot conditions.

On Friday, temperatures will begin to moderate over the southern interior as the ridge of high pressure weakens. The Kootenays will see temperatures begin to moderate slightly on Saturday, though hot weather will persist through the weekend.


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