For Immediate Release
September 3, 2003
6:00 PM

Ministry of Forests

Active fire and heavy smoke

KELOWNA –We are experiencing very active fire behaviour on the Okanagan Mountain Park fire in the area between Bellevue Creek and Myra Canyon.  The fire is currently moving in a northerly direction in the Priest Creek drainage above the June Springs area.  Airtankers have been requested to apply retardant to the active fire front.

Residents of the June Springs area remain on evacuation order and have been granted day passes to allow entry.  The RCMP are now patrolling the June Springs area to ensure residents are no longer present.

The forests are critically dry; this is the overwhelming factor for fire behaviour;  the fire responds dramatically to any slight change in temperature, winds, slope, or fuel type.

We continue to monitor and use our resources to their fullest potential.  The safety of the fire fighters and public remains our highest priority.