Snowy Mountain fire travelling away from communities

The Snowy Mountain fire near Keremeos remains at 13,359 hectares in size

Update 7:14 p.m.

The Snowy Mountain wildfire remains to the west of Chopaka Road and continues to burn within the managed area set by the fire analysis.

The south flank of this wildfire is approximately three kilometres from the U.S. border and continues to be considered held.

BC Wildfire Service said wind events over the past few days have caused challenges, shifting the fire’s direction. It is now travelling upslope away from communities and no structures or communities are currently threatened.

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The Snowy Mountain fire is considered held.

“(Being held) indicates that (with the resources currently committed to the fire) sufficient suppression action has been taken that the fire is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions,” the BC Wildfire Service explains on its provincial page.

Related: Increasing temperatures challenge crews on Snowy Mountain

The Snowy Mountain fire has not grown in recent days and is still being estimated at 13, 359 hectares in size.

On Thursday, 11 BC Wildfire Service personnel were on site with two helicopters assigned the incident. Additional air support is available if needed.

Crews will continue to work on patrolling and mopping up.

Related: A glimpse behind the fire lines

Continue to check back for updates.

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