Hearth in Derickson Lake east of Kelowna is rising on 1,300 acres

(UPDATE: July 2nd at 8:25 am) – The fire at Derickson Lake has grown to 1,300 acres in the past two days.

The wildfire ignited Tuesday and grew significantly on Wednesday thanks to hot, dry, and windy conditions.

<who>Image credit: BCWS</who>Derickson Lake and Long Loch burn on Wednesday. “Src =” https://www.kelownanow.com/files/files/images/derickson.png “style =” margin: 5px; “/></p>
<p>It’s about nine miles north of Big White and a cloud of smoke was seen from Kelowna on Wednesday, but that’s no longer the case.</p>
<p>However, the suspected man-made fire has contributed to the smoky, hazy conditions in the Okanagan.</p>
<p>BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) fire intelligence officer Shaelee Stearns told NowMedia that 22 people fought the fire with the help of a helicopter and two heavy equipment on Thursday.</p>
<p>Further updates are expected to come from BCWS later this day. </p>
<p><strong>(UPDATE: June 30th at 4:30 pm) – </strong>Two small forest fires north of Big White have grown rapidly since this morning and created a large flame that is visible from Kelowna.</p>
<p>The fire at Derickson Lake, which was only three acres this morning, is now estimated to total 300 acres by the BC Wildfire Service, but excessive smoke has made it difficult to pinpoint.</p>
<p>The significant growth was favored by the long hole fire triggered by lightning, which was only 0.5 hectares in size at the beginning of the day.</p>
<p>Both fires broke out on Tuesday.</p>
<p><img alt= Photo credit: Big White Ski ResortView of the fire at Derickson Lake from the Gem Lake area. “Src =” https://www.kelownanow.com/files/files/images/big%20white%20ski%20resort(1).png “style =” margin : 5px; “/>

The smoke from the flames is clearly visible from Kelowna and other central Okanagan communities, which has resulted in a number of people sharing photos of the big cloud online.

Due to the aggressive nature of the fires, the fire brigades were withdrawn to ensure the safety of the emergency services.

No buildings or land are currently threatened.

#BCWildfire Service responds to 2 forest fires ~ 11 miles north of Big White. Long Loch Forest Fire (K51040) and Derrickson Lake Forest Fire (K51041) are in close proximity and are estimated to cover an estimated 300 hectares. Smoking and fire behavior make it difficult to determine the size. pic.twitter.com/kPSNzrpRsm

– BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 1, 2021

The BCWS is still collecting information about the fire and NowMedia will continue to update this story as this information becomes available.

(Original story: June 30 @ 9:00 am) – The weather was the theme again on Tuesday at the Okanagan as temperatures soared into the mid-1940s.

What really caught the attention of Kelowna residents, however, was a large thundercloud that rolled through the valley in the late afternoon.

Although it stayed up in the hills and did not affect the valley floor, the storm caused some lightning strikes.

Shortly after the cloud broke through, three new forest fires appeared on the BC Wildfire Service dashboard.

All three are west of Graystokes Provincial Park.

Two of the fires are half an acre, the third three acres.

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<p dir=According to BCWS, one of the half-acre fires has been confirmed to be caused by lightning, while the other is still listed as an unknown cause.

The three-acre fire is currently classified as man-made.

KelownaNow will update this story as more information becomes available.

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