Snowy Mountain blaze now wildfire of note

Snowy Mountain blaze now wildfire of note

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Sunlight filtering through wildfire smoke gives an eerie light over the Similkameen Valley west of Osoyoos. (Richard McGuire photo)

A wildfire burning on Snowy Mountain roughly 14 kilometres south of Keremeos has more than doubled in size since it was first discovered on July 17.

The lightning-caused fire has become a wildfire of note and is currently at 1,360 hectares and is zero per cent contained, according to BC Wildfire Service.

There are currently no resources and firefighters on scene.

“It’s high up mountain side, extremely steep terrain and the accessibility is quite challenging,” said Ken Juvik of BC Wildfire Service.

However, the fire is being closely monitored and a remote camera is being mounted to provide information about growth on this fire.

BC Wildfire Service will continue to monitor the fire and send resources as needed.

“It depends if the fire was spreading down slope into a valley bottom with structures and roads,” Juvik said. “Right now it remains remote and very hard to get crews to.”

Fires threatening homes and infrastructure, including the Mount Eneas fire south of Peachland which is currently classified as out of control, are a priority for fire crews.

With upcoming hot, dry weather, it’s likely the fire will increase in size.

“A fire that, size, it all depends on the weather conditions,” Juvik said.

“As the season goes along, if there’s a change in the weather that can have a dramatic effect, or it can increase in size.”

The fire is located in the Snowy Protected Area and BC Parks has closed the adjacent Ewart and Wall Creek Trails.

More information and a full map of wildfires in the province is available here.

A wildfire on Snowy Mountain is now a wildfire of note. (BC Wildfire Service)

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