Keremeos Creek Fire in BC near Washington border grows to 10,501 acres (4,250.0 Hectors)
- Penticton, British Columbia
The Keremeos Fire biting near Penticton, British Columbia 35 miles (56km) from the Washington/BC border has grown to 10,501 acres (4,250.0 hectors).
According to the British Columbia Wildfire Service, The ignitions met its targets. One of the impacts of this planned ignition was that some debris rolled onto Hwy 3A (between Keremeos and Kaleden) forcing a closure for about 30 minutes. Crews were able to deal with it quickly. Overnight, downslope winds in excess of 30 km/hr drove fire downhill along Hwy 3A southwards towards Olalla. Currently the fire is still within the evacuation order boundaries.
Crews worked through the night on structure defense around the Cedar Creek drainage and kept fire on the west side of Highway 3A. Crews reported rank 4 fire behaviour through the overnight periods. Wind and slope continue to be the biggest contributing factors for increased fire behaviour. Additional crews and Structure Protection monitored the fire last night.
The Olalla Creek Forest Service Road is closed. This closure is in support of the suppression efforts of the Keremeos Creek Wildfire (K50863).