Where there’s fire, there’s smoke

The Newby Lake fire is the largest wildfire in the

Kamloops Fire Centre coverage area that is not contained.

Along with many other people in the province,

residents of the Similkameen were greeted with

smoky skies early this week as crews battled more

than 180 wild fires throughout BC.

The smoke is mainly coming from fires in the

Pemberton area.

An easterly wind has helped that heavy smoke

settle in valleys throughout the southern parts of BC.

Adding to the smokiness is the growing Newby

Lake wildfire in the Snowy Protected Area near


The fire was caused by lightening.

The Newby Lake fire is the largest wildfire in the

Kamloops Fire Centre coverage area that is not contained,

communications officer Kayla Pepper said

during an interview Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was first spotted July 2 and has since

grown to more than 600 hectares in size.

“It was burning in high elevation grassland and

timber and for the first few days it was just burning

into natural features and then it showed more activity

a few days ago and that’s when it started moving

more into the south,” she said.

The fire is burning on both sides of the Canadian

US border. It’s growing rapidly in the US. Crews are

fighting the fire from that side of the US while it is

just being monitored by Canadian wildfire personnel.

“The Newby Lake fire is a naturally occurring

fire doing a lot of good to the ecosystem in the area.

That one is being monitored closely but we don’t

have a lot of resources on it because there are higher

priority incidents going on throughout the area,” she


Also burning in the area is a fire in Ashnola that

started Saturday and has grown to 147 hectares in

size. Currently 61 BC wildfire services personnel

are fighting the fire. Air tankers and helicopters have

been used. The fire is suspected to be human caused.

“It’s a fairly steep area and it’s burning on the

north side of the Ashnola River and the north side of

the Ashnola service road.”

A 20-person crew also continues to fight a fire

near Hunter Creek in the Cawston area. The fire has

grown to 70 hectares.

At this point in the year the number of fires in the

Kamloops fire services area is up significantly.

Between April 1 and July 7 about 170 fires have

been reported up from 115 for the same timeframe

in 2014.

“We are facing some extremely high temperatures

and dry conditions. People need to be aware

of that and careful not to start any additional fires,”

she said.

The Ministry of Environment and Interior Health

have issued a smoky skies advisory for Similkameen,

Okanagan and Boundary areas.

Residents are cautioned to avoid strenuous outdoor

activities and should contact a health provider

if they experience any of the following symptoms:

difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort and

sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways

Just Posted

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Most long-weekend rain has already fallen

A mix of sun and cloud is expected for the last two days of the the Victoria Day weekend.

Update: Mother dead, youth in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Sandy Point Campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Penticton Indian Band councillor trying for federal seat

Joan Phillip acclaimed as NDP candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Former Greyhound bus drivers gather in the Okanagan for one last hurrah

Bash kicks off Friday in Penticton and runs until Sunday

Some South Okanagan students are $1,000 richer

Million Dollar Bursary Program offers bursaries each year to Interior Savings’ young members

Weather holds up for Rutland May Days

60th annual May Day midway, market and entertainment saw hundreds of attendees

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

South Okanagan runners take top spots in Peach City RunFest

Both the top male and female half-marathon winners were from Penticton

Former Greyhound Canada employees gather in Okanagan to say a final farewell

“Greyhound may take our jobs but they will never take our friendships,” says former bus driver

Kelowna firefighters douse blaze in hedges

The cause of the fire on Renfrew Road is under investigation.

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

Okanagan Springtime Regatta draws more than 50 sailboats

Sailors treated to windy, excellent long weekend conditions on Okanagan Lake in Kelowna

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read