The City of Merritt wanted to provide residents an update from our BC Wildfire Service Information Officer regarding the Cascades Complex: July Mountain Wildfire.
“Fire activity remains relatively stable, with pockets of smouldering ground fire scattered throughout the fire perimeter that is producing smoke that is highly visible from the Coquihalla and surrounding areas.
As of yesterday, there are 94 firefighters assigned to the incident that are continuing to work on hot-spots, patrol, and mop-up. On Thursday, the July Mountain fire received 4 mm of rain which helped to reduce fire activity. Warmer weather over the weekend led to a slight increase in fire activity and smokier skies, this will likely be mitigated by the cooler weather that is forecast for the beginning of this week.
The BC Wildfire Service reminds members of the public that the July Mountain wildfire is an active worksite and they should exercise caution at all times while travelling in the area.
Members of the public should be aware that significant safety hazards may be present in areas affected by wildfire. Trees that have been damaged by fire might be unstable and could fall. Nearby communities can still expect to see smoke within the fire’s perimeter over the coming weeks.”
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.