Lightning sparks eight fires

UPDATE: 5:40 p.m.

Eight fires have been sparked by a lightning storm that rolled through B.C.'s Interior Thursday afternoon, and more could be on the way. 

Fire information officer Taylor MacDonald says the fires have been sparked throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, including four in the Savona area, two near Princeton, one near Lillooet and one near Clearwater. 

The lightning is still striking in some areas, and MacDonald says the eight are just those the BC Wildfire Service has confirmed at this time. 

"There is the possibility of holdover fires, where lightning may have struck today, but we may not be able to find out what's happened until later, because it may stay low into the ground," MacDonald said. 

Thursday afternoon, ground crews, helicopters and air tankers responded to a group of fires near the Savona area, west of Kamloops, and MacDonald said they'll be responding to others as needed. 

UPDATE: 5:10 p.m.

Several wildfires have been sparked by lightning in B.C.'s Interior Thursday.

Following a small spot fire discovered Thursday just west of Kamloops, on the north side of the Thompson River, the BC Wildfire Service has identified three new lightning-caused fires in the area.

The largest of the four is burning an area of 4.5 hectares in Painted Bluffs Provincial Park. The other three, near Eagle Hill, Hardy Hill and Six Mile Hill Road, are an estimated 0.01 hectares.

Farther north, three new fires have been sparked just west of Clearwater. The spot-sized McDonald Summit fire is believed to have been sparked by lightning, while the 0.4-hectare Lac Des Roche fire is believed to be human-caused.

The BC Wildfire Service does not have a suspected cause for the spot-sized Bridge Lake fire though.

ORIGINAL: 4:20 p.m.

BC Wildfire Service is reporting a new fire start northwest of Kamloops on Thursday.

The "Savona" fire is believed to be lightning-caused and is listed at .01 Ha in size.

This comes after a fire near Sicamous ignited a water bomber response on Wednesday.

Temperatures in the region are expected to soar this week so heightened activity can be anticipated.


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