UPDATE: 11:10 a.m.
The BC Wildfire Service continues to respond to multiple lightning-sparked wildfires throughout the province Wednesday morning.
The province’s latest count indicates a total of 22 new wildfires started in the Kamloops Fire Centre last night with the majority burning in the Okanagan and Similkameen regions.
It states that all available resources are responding today including air tankers, helicopters, ground crews and rappel crews.
“Additional resources were brought in early this morning and last night from around the province to assist around the Okanagan and Similkameen,” states BC Wildfire.
“The Kamloops Fire Centre is expecting more thunderstorms and dry lightning in the north Kamloops, Vernon, Lillooet and North Thompson zones today.”
The BC Wildfire Service continues to respond to new wildfires across the province after Tuesday’s widespread lightning event. Lightning map provided by the BC Wildfire Service.
Lightning is also reportedly responsible for 12 new wildfires since yesterday in the Prince George Fire Centre.
The Dog Creek Trail wildfire, northwest of Vanderhoof, is currently 60 hectares and is visible from communities in the area.
The wildfire is being supported by 22 firefighters, helicopters and air tankers as need.
The West of Cranberry Creek wildfire, west of Valemount, is currently three hectares. Air tankers are also on scene and no structures are threatened at this time.
“We ask the public to refrain from driving to look at these fires as it can impede firefighting efforts,” adds BC Wildfire.
“Please continue to call in new wildfire activity activity via 1-800-663-5555 toll free, or *5555 on a cell phone.”
A large lightning storm moved through the region Tuesday evening. Photo taken from Royal View Drive in Kelowna by Mat O’Flynn.
BC Wildfire Service reported last night that 38 new wildfires have started in B.C., 13 of which are in the Okanagan and Similkameen area.
The #BCWildfire Service currently responding to 13 new wildfires in the #Okanagan and #Similkameen area with ground crews, helicopters, and airtankers. Additional resources are on route to assist. At this time, there are no known threats to structures.
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 18, 2018
In the Central Okanagan, lightning started a small fire on the roof a West Kelowna apartment complex. Smoke could also be seen by Peachland residents from a blaze Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park last night.
The first fire to catch crews attention was near Big White. The Joe Rich Fire Department, alongside Big White and provincial crews battled that blaze near Big White Road.
A fire was also reported east of Silverstar Road in Vernon.
Lightning also started a larger wildfire near Summerland, July 17 that produced some eerie nighttime images.
Near Penticton, fires were reported off of Highway 97 and Lakehill Road, Olalla Creek, Snowy Protected Area, Paul Creek and Placer Mountain.
Crews all made quick work of a small blaze near Salmon Arm Tuesday evening.
More to come.
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