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Snowy Mountain fire holding while other Similkameen wildfires continue to grow

Backburns are planned for the Snowy Mountain wildfire along K Mountain when conditions are favourable.
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August 23, 2018 - 1:48 PM

SIMILKAMEEN - B.C. Wildfire continues to add personnel to the fight against a wildfire near Olalla, which continued to grow this week.

The Old Tom Creek wildfire was discovered on Aug. 15 about seven kilometres west of Olalla and is now estimated at 527 hectares and is still considered out of control, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Heavy equipment and 115 personnel are working today, Aug. 23, to establish new containment lines, tie into natural lines, roads and retardant drops.

The Cool Creek wildfire, approximately 20 km east northeast from Eastgate and west of Princeton, is now 6,900 ha and is considered out of control. The lightning sparked fire was discovered on Aug. 15.

B.C. Wildfire says ground crews and 17 pieces of heavy equipment are working to establish control lines on the flanks of the fire and around it’s most northerly point. There is an evacuation alert in place for areas along the Ashnola Forest Service Road.

The over 13,000 ha Snowy Mountain wildfire burning south of Keremeos continues to be held. B.C. Wildfire says residents should expect to see fire activity increasing and decreasing with daytime warming and fire suppression efforts.

Last night, crews worked the fire’s west perimeter, where 40 firefighters remain at work today. Backburns are planned to take place when conditions are favourable.

An evacuation order for residents in the vicinity of the Darke Lake wildfire burning north of Summerland was rescinded by the regional district yesterday.

B.C. Wildfire information officer Marla Catherall says that fire is now being held at 5.5 ha. Crews did notice a small spot fire earlier today on the fire's flank but have the 0.2 ha blaze completely encircled with a hose line.

A helicopter and 14 ground personnel are working the fire today.

For the latest on evacuation alerts and orders go here.


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