Crews will conduct planned ignitions for the Richter Creek fire this afternoon.
A planned ignition entails burning combustible material and will move the fire into terrain that allows for better access for crews fighting the blaze.
Located about 12 kilometres west of Osoyoos, the Richter Creek fire was discovered Monday after a vehicle fire spread to nearby grass. As of Wednesday afternoon, the fire measured 4 square kilometres.
The planned ignition will measure about 1 square kilometre in addition to the 4 square kilometres of the existing wildfire.
The B.C. Wildfire Service continues to categorize the fire as being “out of control.”
Helicopters and air tankers will be on site to assist with the burn. A total of 59 firefighters are on site, with more on the way.
An evacuation alert remains in place for residences nearby.