Storm spares Okanagan firefighters
Aug 21, 2012 / 3:15 pm
Monday night's thunderstorms sparked 29 new lighting caused wildfires throughout the province.
Most fires reported overnight within the Kamloops Fire District were in the Clearwater area.
No new fires were reported in the Okanagan as a result of Monday's storm activity.
Fire information officer, Erin Catherall says there are currently two main wildfires of note within the centre.
"There is a fire located near July Mountain, which is just 5 km west of Highway 5 -the Coquihalla highway- it is visible from the highway and north of the old toll booth."
The fire was likely caused by hold over lighting, and is situated on very steep terrain.
Catherall says air tankers were utilized early Tuesday morning to help lay down fire retardant to help stop the spread of the flames, although the blaze is not threatening any structures.
Another fire was also reported in Kamloops, near the LaFarage exit, that is estimated to be approximately three hectares in size and is located near several structures.
Air tankers, helicopters and three IA crews are currently responding.
A total of 1,018 hectares have been burned since April within the Kamloops Fire District.
Environment Canada is anticipating several storm systems could move through the Okanagan in the next couple of days which could include, wind, hail, heavy downpours or intense lightning.
According to Catherall patrols will be sent out across the province to monitor for any new start up fires.
"We are encouraging the public to be extra cautious just do to the elevated fire danger rating in the province. Forest fuels are very dry and we want to prevent any person caused wildfires. "
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