A photo of the Snowy Mountain fire taken near Cawston on Aug. 2, 2018. (Joe Lebeau/Hashmark Photography)

40 BC Wildfire members fighting Snowy Mountain fire

The Snowy Mountain fire near Keremeos continues to be held

  • Aug. 23, 2018 11:06 a.m.

Residents will continue to see the Snowy Mountain fire burn on slopes and atop surrounding mountains.

About 40 BC Wildfire personnel will be working the fire today (Thursday) and air support will be used depending on visibility.

If conditions are favourable, crews could conduct ignition to tie the active fire in to a control line as needed.

Related: Expect to see more smoke and fire on Snowy Mountain

Overnight crews worked to mop up the fire’s edge. Small scale ignitions along the Barrington Creek drainage outlet were successful in tying the control line into the fire at the bottom of the slope.

In addition to inoperable terrain, crews are being challenged by debris rolling down the slopes that are on fire. The fire continues to be estimated at 13,359 hectares in size and considered held.

The designation held means the fire is burning within perimeters the BC Wildfire Service has set out.

Rain is forecasted for the South Okanagan and Simikameen and temperatures are expected to be in the teens.

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A photo of the interactive map provided by BC Wildfire. The areas in yellow indicate properties currently on evacuation alert, or Crown Land where use is prohibited because of wildfire. The red zone on the left is Cool Creek fire, the large red zone on the right is Snowy Mountain fire and the remaining red zone is the Old Tom Creek fire near Olalla. This map is dated Aug. 20, 2018. (BC Wildfire)

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