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Lightning threatens firefighting effort in Northern B.C.

Last Updated Jul 18, 2021 at 5:10 pm PDT

Courtesy BC Wildfire Service

Lightning is expected for parts of Northern B.C. Sunday, as 306 wildfires continue to burn throughout the province

More than 1100 wildfires in B.C. have sparked this year, with nearly half of those started by lightning

PRINCE GEORGE (NEWS 1130) — As the province continues to battle intense wildfires, more lightning is expected for parts of Northern B.C., as Prince George will likely see thunderstorms Sunday.

Fire Information Officer Hannah Harris says the harsh weather has had a huge impact on sparking wildfires so far this year.

“Lightning with persistent hot and dry conditions, alongside daily lightning events, have produced an average of 45 ignitions per day, just between July 6 and 13th,” she says.

Harris says navigating lightning is just another addition to the firefighting effort.

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“These conditions are currently challenging available firefighting resources within all of British Columbia.”

She notes that the unseasonable warmth and dryness is adding pressure to the crews battling the provinces wildfires.

“This time of the year, we’ve definitely been experiencing unusual weather patterns across the province. We’re expecting the more typical conditions that we generally get in August to turn to seasonal.”

Harris noted that there has been more than 1100 wildfires in B.C. to date this year, with nearly half of those started by lightning.

There are currently 306 wildfires burning across the province.