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Lightning Activity Sparks 4 New Fires

The sky lit up across the Cariboo as a dense cluster of lightning strikes hit the region.

BC Wildfire Service Information Officer, Ryan Turcotte says the good news for fire crews is that the lightning strikes over the past 24 hours were all accompanied with quite a bit of precipitation.

“We did observe 4 new fires that had started today (Thursday) as a result of that lightning, but they are all spot sized at this time. We do have air patrol and ground patrols looking for any additional fires that may have been started from the lightning, but at this time we have observed 4 fires burning in the Cariboo.”

Turcotte says they are asking people to enjoy the Canada Day long weekend responsibly and not forget their role in preventing wildfires.

He says that although campfires are allowed, they can be no larger than a half meter by a half meter in size and need to be monitored at all times and properly extinguished.

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