Smoke, noise accompany several fires

Venables fire near Ashcroft. (B.C. Wildfire Management photo)

Venables fire near Ashcroft. (B.C. Wildfire Management photo)

NEWS/ WILDFIRES — Smoke drifted over Kamloops and nearby communities on Sunday afternoon from wildfires in the region, accompanied by the noise of air tankers.

The fire, now at 2,174 hectares, remains highly visible from Highway 1, the village of Lytton and surrounding communities. Previous evacuations have been rescinded.

A fire that started Saturday in the Venables Valley south of Ashcroft grew overnight to 30 hectares due to strong local winds. Local music festival attendees were moved out of the area as a precaution.

Fire officials said Highway 1 may be closed from time to time while air tankers drop retardant.

A fire was discovered near Parky Mountain southwest of Barriere on Saturday and was burning vigorously in slash, covering 17 hectares. It is not threatening any structures.

Smoke from that fire was also visible from Highway 5 and from Barriere. It’s suspected to be lightning caused. Thirty-six firefighters, a helicopter, three air tankers and two pieces of heavy equipment are engaged with the fire.

The big Cisco Road fire burning near Lytton for more than three weeks is now 95 per cent contained but the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch said the top third portion of the fire continues to push upslope towards high alpine to the west.

The 55-hectare Huckleberry fire in the Joe Rich area near Kelowna has been fully contained and an evacuation order partially lifted. Highway 33 was opened to two-way traffic with reduced speed limit.

A fire at Newby Lake southwest of Osoyoos is zero per cent contained and was at an estimated 181 hectares. A fire found Saturday north of the Ashnola River had reached 100 hectares.

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