KAMLOOPS – A thunderstorm tracked through the Kamloops Fire Centre yesterday, bringing with it intense lightning and gusty winds. As a result of this weather system, 18 new lightning-caused wildfires were ignited across the region.
The largest wildfire, located approximately 20 kilometres south of Princeton off the Smith Creek Forest Service Road, reached 24 hectares in size. It was responded to by 13 firefighters and heavy equipment. Airtankers attempted to action the fire but were unable to as a result of poor weather. As of this morning it is 50 per cent contained, and is not threatening any values.
Other lightning-caused fires include:
- A 7.2 hectare fire near Hat Creek Ranch, north of Cache Creek which is now contained.
- A five hectare wildfire burning near Chuwanten Mountain, east of Manning Park is now 20 per cent contained. Twenty firefighters remain on site making good progress.
Thunderstorms with varying amounts of precipitation are in the forecast for the next few days. However, a return to warm and dry conditions is expected. The fire danger rating is still “high to extreme” across most of the fire centre.
The BC Wildfire Service anticipates additional fires will be discovered from recent thunderstorms, so we ask the public to be vigilant and contact us at *5555 on your cellular phone or toll-free at 1-800-663-5555 to report a wildfire.
The Kamloops Fire Centre has responded to 212 wildfires burning a total of 3,610 hectares since April 1. Of these incidents, 85 were human caused, and thus completely preventable.
To report smoke, flames or an unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cellphone.
For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air-quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca or call 1 888 3-FOREST.
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