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Lightning storms spark dozens of fires around B.C. over the long weekend

Last Updated Aug 3, 2020 at 9:21 am PDT

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Fire crews battled dozens of fires around B.C., with many thought to be caused by lightning

Fire Information Officer says out of the 91 fires since Thursday, 43 are still burning

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Lightning is believed to be the cause of dozens of new wildfires that have sprung up around B.C. over the long weekend.

Fire Information Officer Karley Desrosiers says about 91 fires have popped up in the province in recent days, but fire crews have been successful putting some out.

“There are currently 43 fires burning, that’s about half of the fires that have started since Thursday.”

She says there are currently three fires larger than three hectares.

Over the weekend, firefighters needed to stay overnight at two large fires, one near West Kelowna and a separate fire near Princeton.

Desrosiers says most of the fires are thought to have been caused by lightning.

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“The unfortunate thing about lightning fires is they aren’t preventable as human-caused fires are. So it is challenging on weekends like this if there are folks not taking as much precaution as they should be with their fire-use because human-caused fires do deter resources,” she says.

At this point, Desrosiers says the fires aren’t endangering any homes or businesses.

She recommends people check fire rules for their area if they plan to start any fires, even a small one.

The wildfire risk for parts of southern B.C. was high to extreme over the long weekend, and lightning strikes were forecasted compounding the concerns.