Lightning in the forecast this week for the Okanagan

Lightning in the forecast

A weather system bringing subtropical moisture north into B.C. this week is bringing with it a chance of thunder and lightning at the peak of wildfire season.

Environment Canada is forecasting a 60 per cent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, starting Wednesday evening.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says it is watching the incoming system closely.

“That weather may come with some rain and some cooler temperatures… But we're also concerned that that may bring thunderstorms and with that, erratic winds and potentially lightning which could give us some new starts," said fire information officer Mikhail Elsay on Thursday.

The fire danger rating in the southern portion of the Kamloops Fire Centre is now at high, with pockets of extreme.

Nearly three-quarters of this year’s wildfires in B.C. have been caused by lightning.

B.C. Interior residents should be particularly vigilant about the potential for wildfires during lightning storms. You can report a wildfire by calling 1 800 663-5555 (or *5555 from a cellphone) or use the Report of Fire function on the BC Wildfire Service app, which also allows you to upload photos.

“Information from the public is crucial to the effectiveness of the BC Wildfire Service’s response,” said the provincial government in a recent news release. “Provide any information you can and expect to be asked details about the fire."

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