With it, fires are expected to increase in the east and northeast.
Officials say the planned ignitions along the southeast flank of the blaze, designed to bring the perimeter of the forest service road closer to Salmon Road, have been successful and, once secure, will allow crews to soil to work along this perimeter.
“Given the terrain and fire behavior in this area, planned ignitions are the most effective tactic to aid containment along this flank,” provincial fire officials said.
“If conditions remain favorable over the next few days, additional planned ignitions will occur along the flank to bring it all the way back to the Salmon River FSR.
Conditions around the blaze continue to be extremely smoky, and officials say that with the amount of fuel loaded and the forecast weather conditions, the high behavior of the fires is expected to continue.
Heavy smoke is also impacting the ability of aircraft to fly and impacting power lines in the area, causing power outages in the area.
Failures can continue to occur.
The Kamloops Fire Center is also preparing for the potential arrival of a more active weather system on Friday.
“The subtropical humidity can bring thunderstorms, strong winds and dry lightning to the area. “
The evacuation order and alerts implemented by the Thompson-Nicola, Columbia-Shuswap and North Okanagan Regional Districts and the Okanagan Indian Band remain in effect.