Firefighters in Washington State have been working on the Diamond Creek fire since it was discovered on July 23. (Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service)

Diamond Creek fire growth slowed

B.C. Wildfire continues to assess growth of U.S. fire in Canada

The portion of the Diamond Creek fire intruding into Canada is holding at about 2,030 hectares, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

“There has been no significant growth on the Canadian portion of the fire in the last 24 hours,” said Jody Lucius, a fire information officer.

The fire has been burning in Washington state since late July and crossed over into B.C. back country on Tuesday evening, burning near Border Lake, about 70 kilometres west of Osoyoos. It grew quickly from a small extension, reaching its current size of 2,030 hectares by Friday. It has burned some 21,000 hectares on the U.S. side of the border.

Related: Massive US fire crosses into Canada

At present, there are no suppression efforts, but the BCWS is flying over it twice a day to assess its growth and behaviour.

“Right now, we don’t have crews and equipment on that fire,” said Lucius, noting that this fire was sprung on B.C. nearly full-grown, rather than growing from a small fire. “We are still working to assess it and develop some plans to address it.

“It is a little different approach we are working through as far as assessments go but we are flying over that fire twice a day to keep an eye on it and map it, understand what is occurring so if swift action needs to be taken, it can be.”

Lucius said she is not aware of any structures that are threatened by the Diamond Creek fire, but a values assessment is underway that includes homes and properties as well as resources that might be affected.

A map showing the restriction area in the South Okanagan for the Diamond Creek fire.

A large area around Cathedral Park, which has already been evacuated, has been placed under a provincial area restriction.

“People are required to stay out of that area unless they are involved with fire suppression activities,” said Lucius.

Under the restriction order, people must not remain in or enter the Diamond Creek Wildfire restricted area without written authorization of an official unless they are travelling to or from their principal residence that is not under an evacuation order; accessing a secondary residence or recreational property or travelling in an official capacity.

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

Related: Hot and dry long weekend concerns BC Wildfire crews

Just Posted

Manfred Bauer seeks re-election as mayor of Keremeos

Bauer has been on council since 2005 and in mayor’s chair since 2011

Arlene Arlow seeks Keremeos mayor role

Candidate has served two terms on Keremeos council

Getting up close and personal with birds in the South Okanagan

Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory opening doors to the public

Princeton council candidate tackles accusations of racism

Luigi Gino Del-Ciotto‎ is one of 16 people vying for a spot on the Princeton City Council.

Open burning permitted again in Kamloops Fire Centre

Low fire rating prompts decision throughout Kamloops Fire Centre

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

‘Hero’ kid fighting cancer helping with B.C. Children’s Hospital fundraiser

Penticton’s Wills Hodgkinson helping raise funds for B.C. Children’s Hospital

Most Read