Still dealing with the spring freshet and flooding, the South Okanagan got an early reminder yesterday that wildfire season is just around the corner.
The BC Wildfire Service is dealing with a four-hectare blaze east of Oliver this morning, the person-caused fire discovered Monday.
The blaze is located along Wolfcub Creek, about 9 km east of Oliver and 3 km north of McKinney Road.
Late Monday, the Wildfire Service was employing airtankers, drawing water from Osoyoos Lake, to fight the fire.
Although not a threat to any structures, the early-season fire is a stark reminder of the risk of wildfire to the South Okanagan community.
The region has a moderate fire danger rating, meaning forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting.
The Wildfire service is encouraging those entering the backcountry to “carry out any forest activities with caution.”
As of May 15, some restrictions on fire use are in place within the Kamloops Fire Zone, which includes all B.C. parks, Crown lands and private lands.
Specifically, prohibited activities at elevations below 1,200 metres include:
- the burning of more than two open fires of any size at the same time
- stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
- the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches (and similar kinds of torches), or burning barrels and cages of any size or description
- the use of binary exploding targets.
The prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide (or smaller), and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.