The Keremeos Creek wildfire burning southwest of Penticton his now considered “held.” After nearly a month of suppression efforts, the BC Wildfire Service made the announcement Friday morning. “At this stage, the wildfire will not likely spread beyond predetermined boundaries under forecast conditions. Wildland firefighting crews continue to patrol control lines, conduct fuel management activities and mop-up,” BCWS said. The fire, which sparked on July 29, has scorched just over 7,000 hectares of forest in an area between Apex Mountain Resort and Olalla and Highway 3A. It is expected the fire will continue to burn at a low intensity until winter, so smoke may be visible for several weeks. “In places with the potential for further spread, crews have used a combination of direct attack, black-lining, and wet-lining to extinguish or remove available fuels 15 to 30 metres from the edge of the fire inward,” BCWS said.
Additional coverage in Penticton Herald, by Joe Fries: Disaster averted on Keremeos Creek fire