Newby Lake Fire still active north of Arnold Peak

A plume of smoke rises Saturday afternoon near Arnold Peak in the Pasayten Wilderness Area. As of Sunday, the Newby Lake wildfire has grown to a total of about 445 acres burning in both British Columbia and Washington state.

Adeena Hires/Special to The Chronicle
A plume of smoke rises Saturday afternoon near Arnold Peak in the Pasayten Wilderness Area. As of Sunday, the Newby Lake wildfire has grown to a total of about 445 acres burning in both British Columbia and Washington state.



— The Newby Lake wildfire has grown to a total of about 445 acres burning in both British Columbia and Washington state.

The U.S. portion of the fire is burning on the north face of Arnold Peak in the Pasayten Wilderness Area.

"Yesterday, most of the active burning on the Newby Lake Fire was to the north and northwest," Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Tonasket Ranger District spokeswoman Shannon O'Brien said. "The fire continues to hold on the north face of Arnold Peak; consuming available fuels and extinguishing itself where vegetation is sparse."

U.S. Forest Service officials have closed about three miles of trails in the Pasayten Wilderness between Haig Mountain and the area's eastern boundary.

B.C. Wildfire Service officials said the fire began as a lightning strike west of Keremeos.



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