Newby Fire sending smoke skyward, again



— The Newby Lake Fire is sending up a large plume of smoke again thanks to high temperatures, gusty winds and dry conditions.

Incident Commander Krissy Vance said that means more smoke in northern Okanogan County.

"There was active burning well within the fire perimeter on the west side of an unburned island of fuel," Vance said this morning, referring to fire activity yesterday. "The vegetation between that island and the fire perimeter has been burned and at this point the fire is not threatening to move beyond the burned area."

The fire is considered 95 percent contained having burned 5,065 acres in the U.S.

Vance said residents will likely notice more smoke from the fire in Loomis forest, but that it's unlikely the blaze will spread beyond the existing fire lines.

But fire crews will allow unscathed areas within the fire perimeter to burn.

"With so many fire weakened snags between the fire perimeter and the unburned island, it is unsafe to send firefighters in to suppress fire burning well within its boundaries," Vance said.

Because of fire activity, the Long Draw Trail is closed, she said, noting a trail detour is available.

Approximately 45 firefighters are assigned the fire that started with a lightning strike about 1 p.m. July 2 west of Keremeos, B.C., with flames advancing south across the U.S.-Canada border.



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