Two visible wildfires burning near Pemberton, BC Wildfire Service says

PEMBERTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The BC Wildfire Service says crews are responding to two "highly visible" out of control wildfires in the Pemberton, B.C., area.

It says both will likely remain visible throughout the weekend due to forecasted windy conditions.

The service says the Spetch Creek blaze, 13 kilometres northeast of Pemberton, can be seen from that community as well as from Birken, Pool Creek and Highway 99, especially after dark.

Meanwhile, the service says the three-square kilometre Sockeye Creek fire is burning in the Birkenhead Lake Park, about 30 kilometres northwest of Pemberton.

It says that blaze is "very visible" from Birkenhead Lake and the surrounding areas.

The BC Wildfire Service is reporting 398 active blazes burning across the province, with 152 ranked as out of control.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 16, 2023.

The Canadian Press