Fire crew deployed after Snowy Mountain blaze grows

Fire crew deployed after Snowy Mountain blaze grows

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The view from Mount Kobau includes plenty of smoke from the Snowy Mountain wildfire, which expanded on Saturday. (Vanessa Broadbent photo)

After nearly two weeks, fire crews are battling a wildfire on Snowy Mountain west of Osoyoos, roughly 14 kilometres south of Keremeos.

The lightning-caused blaze, classified as out of control, was left to burn due to its remote location and inaccessibility.

However, an increase in activity midday Saturday resulted in the fire moving downslope into a grassy area. The fire is now burning at 1,910 hectares in size.

Helicopters were used to cool the fire and a 20 person unit crew and three helicopters were deployed to the fire on Sunday, says BC Wildfire Service.

There is an evacuation alert for two homes in Cawston and BC Parks has closed Ewart and Wall Creek trails.

Further west, an evacuation alert is also in place for Cathedral Lakes Lodge, due to a fire burning on Placer Mountain south of Princeton.

An area restriction order was put in place on Saturday at noon.

There are currently 98 firefighters, six helicopters, five water tenders and seven pieces of heavy equipment battling the 1,017 hectare blaze.

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