It’s dry out there, which means the wildfire threat is starting early.

But that smoke to the west this week might not be a cause for concern.

The BC Wildfire Service, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the Lower Similkameen Indian Band are conducting a prescribed burn near Crater Mountain, about 15 kilometres west of Keremeos.

The burn is the first phase of a comprehensive, multi-year project that is intended to improve bighorn sheep habitat, reduce wildfire threats to nearby communities and protect cultural values.

It also supports the traditional use of fire as a tool to improve landscapes in the Okanagan region.

This prescribed burn could start as early as today if weather, site and venting conditions allow.

It will be ignited only if conditions are suitable and will allow for quick smoke dissipation.


  1. Good to know this can help avoid worse problems in the near future. I do hope the venting is very good for this activity so the smoke goes up, up and away!


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