UPDATE: Wildfire grows east of Mabel Lake

Eight fires, two under control, two held in North Okanagan

B.C. Wildfire is reporting a 15-hectare out-of-control fire in the area east of Cherryville on July 5, 2021. (BC Wildfire Dashboard)

UPDATE: 1:20 p.m.

A fire burning on the east side of Mabel Lake in the Kingfisher area is burning out of control at an estimated 1.1 hectares in size, growing from this morning’s 0.4-hectare size.

A fire that sparked south of Highway 6, east of Cherryville at Clematis Creek is deemed under control at 0.12 hectares.

The 27-hectare fire burning just south of that around Inonaklin Creek is currently being held, according to BC Wildfire.

ORIGINAL:

A 15-hectare fire is reportedly burning out of control east of Cherryville.

The B.C. Wildfire Dashboard pinpoints the fire north of Keefer Lake Forest Service Road and around six kilometres west of the lake.

The fire was reportedly discovered July 2 and there is no suspected cause at this time.

B.C. Wildfire Services has yet to provide more detail on the fire, but this story will be updated when that becomes available.

Two new fires were also sparked east of Mabel Lake near Enderby.

One, near Tsuius Creek, is estimated around 0.4 hectares in size. The other, around the Morgan Forest Service Road, is less than 0.01 hectares in size.

A 0.6-hectare fire sparked July 3 near Clarly Creek Road on the opposite side of the lake near Hidden Lake. The provincial agency has this fire reported as out of control and the cause is yet to be determined.

A fire burning north in the Kingfisher area, near Stony Lake, has since had its status changed to being held.

A suspected human-caused fire that burned around 0.4 hectares in the Yankee Flats area is deemed under control.

A provincewide fire ban prohibiting campfires and Category 2 and 3 open burns went into effect June 30 at 12 p.m. Those found in violation could face fines.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

READ MORE: Two $1,150 fines issued for campfires in North Okanagan

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