Local Fire Updates

In our area there are several fires of note.

20 firefighters continue to work the Harris Creek 16km southeast of Lumby.  The lightning caused fire is 260 hectares. 

The Mabel Creek fire 6.5 km east of Mabel Lake was discovered on Tuesday, July 31st. It is estimated at 200.0 hectares and is classified as out of control, but this is not an interface fire.  Crews continue to work the Proctor Road fire 16 km northeast of Lumby.  The cause of the fire that broke out August 1st is under investigation.   The 20 hectare fire is being actioned by 13 firefighters.  The crews have a machine guard on the north end of the perimeter on flat ground, and they also have a fuel free around the entire perimeter of the wildfire. 

Sugar Mountain,  4 km east of Sugar Lake is now 170 hectares.  The BC Wildfire service says the fire is considered out of control, but this is not an interface fire.  An Area Restriction Order was put in place Saturday and remains in force until the earlier of 12:00 noon on September 15th or until the Order is rescinded. The Order is for Crown land in the vicinity of Sugar Lake (west of Sugar Lake).  The Order was put in place to address a public safety concern arising from the Sugar Mountain Wildfire and in order to avoid interference with fire control. 

Monte Lake that broke out on August 1st, 7 km south of Monte Lake, is 114 hectares but is 100% guarded.

A Special air quality statement remains in effect due to the smoke from all the fires.   Environment Canada has issued heat warnings and special weather statements for large parts of the province, including the Okanagan valley. Wednesday and Thursday will be the hottest days with highs of 36 and 38.