Planned ignitions scheduled for Eagle Bluff wildfire

Planned ignitions scheduled for Eagle Bluff wildfire

Expect to see more smoke as planned ignitions are scheduled for the Eagle Bluff fire. (BC Wildfire photo)

The BC Wildfire Service is preparing to conduct planned ignition operations on the Eagle Bluff wildfire to help gain containment on its northern perimeter.

These planned ignitions could begin today if site and weather conditions are favourable.

The Eagle Bluff wildfire currently covers about 2,632 hectares and is burning in steep terrain about five kilometres northeast of Oliver.

Although the wildfire has experienced reduced fire activity in recent days and less smoke has been visible, the fire remains active and is still classified as “out of control.”

The planned ignition operations will allow crews to safely create a controlled, fuel-free area ahead of the fire to prevent it spreading further. Local weather conditions are expected to be warmer and drier this week.

The ignitions will likely result in smoke being visible from nearby communities, including Oliver, Penticton and Osoyoos.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

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