It’s been hard to ignore the smoke from the Washington State Stickpin wildfire hovering above BC.
And while the smoke has prompted an Air Quality advisory for many parts of the province, it’s the flames that a few dozen BC fire crews are trying to keep away.
The highest Air Quality ratings Sunday for BC came from the Central and South Okanagan with a rating of 23 at one point.
At least two other areas were at more than a ten, considered ‘very high.’
Fire information officer Mike McCulley says 33 BC fire fighters are in Washington helping with containment.
“You can see extreme fire behaviour, but we have our good crews in there, and they’re gonna be working very hard to protect those resources and ensure the safety of British Columbia.”
Residents in the BC communities of Grand Forks and Christina Lake were concerned they’d have to evacuate because of the Stickpin fire possibly jumping the border.
The Stickpin wildfire is burning about 5 kilometers away from the BC/US border.
This video of the fire was shared by Komo News on August 21st.
Amazing video out of Okanogan County overnight shows just how fast the fire has been moving. This was taken south of the town of Okanogan off US-97 looking west. Winds have been fierce in the area Friday afternoon, and we have the latest on the wildfires here: http://bit.ly/1PqxuzfPosted by KOMO News on Friday, 21 August 2015