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Ignitions to increase smoke

Planned ignitions at the Eagle Bluff wildfire will continue Wednesday afternoon if weather conditions are favourable, part of an ongoing strategy to control the burn in areas accessible to fire crews. 

The fire is still estimated at 2,362 hectares, a figure that has held for three days, but BC Wildfire Service says it is still classified as "out of control."

Castanet got a tour of one of the planned ignition areas on Tuesday, and heard from fire crews that the strategy helps them direct the blaze to areas where they can fight it on their own terms. 

"These planned ignition operations will allow crews to safely create a controlled, fuel-free area ahead of the fire to prevent it spreading further, as local weather conditions become warmer and drier this week," reads an update on the BC Wildfire Service website. 

The planned ignitions only take place if weather and venting conditions work out. BC Wildfire Service warns that increased smoke will likely be visible from nearby communities including Oliver, Penticton and Osoyoos if the ignitions go forward. 



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