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Fire sparked by lightning

UPDATE: 3 p.m.

The Harding Creek wildfire, which was first discovered Sunday, was caused by a lightning strike. 

The 1.22-hectare blaze is now considered "held" by the BC Wildfire Service, which means they don't expect any additional growth.

Six firefighters are currently on scene mopping up the remains of the fire, which sits about 15 kilometres northwest of West Kelowna. 

Favourable weather conditions overnight and through Tuesday helped slow fire activity.


UPDATE: 12:35 p.m.

The two spot-sized wildfires that were discovered in the Central Okanagan Monday were quickly extinguished. 

Nicole Bennett, fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, says crews responded Monday afternoon to a small fire off Jackpine Forest Service Road, just south of the one-hectare Harding Creek wildfire, as well as another just off Highway 33, south of Big White Road. 

Both small fires were extinguished Monday night, but the Harding Creek fire continues to burn. 

The two spot fires are suspected to be human caused, and both are still under investigation. 


ORIGINAL: 10:10 a.m.

Firefighters are returning to the Harding Creek wildfire northwest of West Kelowna this morning, but favourable weather conditions have kept the blaze from growing.

The fire, which was discovered Sunday, continues to burn an area of about one hectare, 15 kilometres from West Kelowna off the Jackpine Forest Service Road.

While nine BC Wildfire Service members worked on the fire Monday, along with help from air tankers, three firefighters returned to the scene Tuesday, with more expected later today.

“They have a machine guard dug around the perimeter of the fire ... they're just continuing their suppression efforts for today and they're making really good progress,” says fire information officer Nicole Bennett.

Rain fell across the Central Okanagan overnight, and more is forecast today.

“If they do get precipitation out there, that will definitely help them,” Bennett said.

Meanwhile, a small fire was discovered Monday, just south of the Harding Creek fire, also near the Jackpine Forest Service Road.

The Wildfire Service says the approximately 100-square-metre fire is suspected to be human caused.

Additionally, another small fire was discovered Monday just off Highway 33, just south of Big White Road. That fire is also suspected to be human caused.



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