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Lightning sparks blaze

UPDATE 10:30 A.M. MAY 17

The fire started by lightning Friday afternoon off Westside Road is now fully contained.

Provincial Fire Information Officer Erin Catherall says crews are on back on scene Saturday morning completing mop up.

“We do have crews on site today looking for hot spots and finishing up,” said Catherall.

The fire was 0.1 hectares in size and Catherall says it never grew further, she says no communities or structures were threatened.

There have been several lightning strikes reported throughout the Okanagan Valley and Catherall says that if people spot smoke to call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phone.

If you see smoke or a wildfire send photos and video to [email protected]


Lightning is responsible for a very small wildfire that is burning six kilometres up a mountain near Westside Road, close to Vernon.

Three attack crew members from Vernon are headed to the scene, just off Attenborough Road.

Kayla Pepper with the Kamloops Fire Centre says the blaze is estimated at 0.1 hectares in size or about a 1000 square metres.

“Due to the poor access there will be one air tanker from Kamloops also attending,” she says. “It will do one fire retardant drop and then we will evaluate the fire from there.”

There are no structures threatened and the blaze is considered to be in brush and grass only.

The North Westside Fire Rescue is also attending.

There have been several lightning strikes reported through out the Okanagan Valley and Pepper says that if people spot smoke to call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phone.

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