UPDATED THURSDAY 9 A.M.
Several new spot fires have popped up near the Mabel Lake fire north of Lumby.
The original lightning-caused blaze one kilometre east of the lake still sits at two hectares.
But now, a little further north, four new fires were discovered late Wednesday.
Mabel Lake 1, Mabel Lake 2 and Mabel Lake 3 are all .01 hectares and within close proximity to easch other up Mabel Creek.
A fourth blaze, closer to Tsuius Creek, called Mabel Lake 4, is .1 hectares.
Over in Cherryville, the Spallumcheen Forest (Silver Hills) blaze remains active.
“It looks like it’s going up the hill not down so that is good,” said Jessie Campbell, whose Cherryville home is across the river from the fire.”It is under control but not out yet.”
UPDATED WEDNESDAY, 9 P.M.
Another new wildfire is being reported near Lumby, while others continue to grow.
A .01 hectare blaze is reported near Trinity Valley Road.
Meanwhile the Mabel Lake fire has grown to two hectares.
The Proctor Road blaze has also grown to four hectares and three firefighters were working on the fire Wednesday afternoon.
The nearby Spallumcheen Forest fire (Silver Hills near Cherryville) is listed at 2.6 hectares. Three firefighters and one piece of heavy equipment are actioning this blaze.
“Airtankers were onsite at both fires earlier but have since finished their objectives,” the BC Wildfire Service reported Wednesday evening. “They will be requested for further support if needed.”
Further north east, the Sugar Mountain fire is now 30 hectares.
Over by Falkland, the Monte Creek fire has also seen substantial growths.
“The Monte Lake wildfire, which is estimated at 22 hectares, is burning approximately 45 kilometres southeast of Kamloops and is exhibiting aggressive fire behaviour this afternoon,” the BC Wildfire Service reported Wednesday. “Suppression activities are being carried out by 16 personnel and six pieces of heavy equipment. They are supported by airtankers dropping fire retardant and skimmer aircraft using water to cool parts of the fire.”
Harris Creek still sits at eight hectares.
“Additional fire starts are possible with lightning forecast for the area in the coming days.”
UPDATED WEDNESDAY, 1:25 P.M.
Two new fires have been discovered in the North Okanagan to add to the long list of fires sparked Tuesday night.
BC Wildfire Service is reporting a .3 hectare blaze at Mount Mabel, near Mabel Lake.
The lightning-caused blaze is one kilometre east of Mabel Lake.
A similar-sized fire in Monte Lake, caused by lightning, is also being reported.
Meanwhile the Harris Creek forest service road blaze has grown to eight hectares. It was caused by lightning.
The Proctor Road fire between Lumby and Cherryville is two hectares (also lightning caused).
Neighbouring this fire is a blaze off Highway 6, closer to Cherryville, originally reported as the Silver Hills fire but now called Spallumcheen Forest.
“At 4 p.m. we saw lightening strike a tree and off it went,” said Jessie Campbell, who has been watching the blaze from their Highway 6 home ever since. “It’s my back yard…the (Shuswap) river divides us.
“We have everything important packed since yesterday.”
While the blaze grew overnight, Campbell reports that choppers have been actioning the fire all day and has since decreased.
The Hunter Range blaze is .8 hectares.
UPDATED WEDNESDAY, 9:05 a.m.: BC Wildfire Service says there have been 10 confirmed new fire starts between Cherryville and Revelstoke as a result of lightning rolling through the area Tuesday evening.
All fires are classified for now as ‘out of control,’ and will be until crews assess the fires.
Locally, in the North Okanagan, there are five fires:
– Bouleau forest service road (between Falkland and Westside)
– Harris Creek forest service road
– Spallumcheen Forest (the Silver Hills blaze between Lumby and Cherryville)
– Proctor Road (near Mabel Lake)
– Sugar Mountain (near Sugar Lake)
The other fires further north in the Shuswap are:
– Derry drainage (north end of Mabel Lake)
– Mount Begbie (Revelstoke)
– Three Valley Gap
– Hunter Range (north Enderby)
– two Sicamous fires within three miles
– Mara Lake
– Larch Hills
A small fire has been sparked near Cherryville.
BC Wildfire is reporting the wildfire, discovered Tuesday evening, is .01 hectare.
The fire is in the Silver Hills area.
Another fire was reported later the same evening in the Spallumcheen Forest. It is also only reported as being .01 hectare.
Updates will be posted as soon as they become available.
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