Update 11:30 PM, July 18: Extensive lightning experienced across the province Tuesday has resulted in new wildfires.
“From the lightning last night we’ve had six total incidents,” says Cariboo Fire Centre information officer Jessica Mack.
“One has been called out and one was deemed a smoke trace which means that there was nothing found once resources were on site.”
Mack adds that air patrols are going out to confirm if there any other incidents.
She says the four fires that remain active near Forest Grove, 141 Mile, Grain Creek, and the south end of Tasse Lake are ‘out of control.’
“We do have resources that are going to all of those incidents with the biggest one being in Grain Creek and it’s estimated at 1.5 hectares in size, but we do have 13 firefighters and one officer that are en route to that,” Mack said.
“The challenge with the one in Grain Creek is that there is no road access but we will be sending them in helicopters.”
“It’s estimated at 1.5 hectares in size in which 13 firefighters and one officer are en route.”
Further lightning activity this afternoon with some gusty winds is anticipated.
“The public plays a huge role when we have lightning that comes through the area,” says Mack.
“They are the people that we do find out new incidents from so I do encourage anyone who does see any smoke in the area to call it in even if they think that it may have been called in already.”
Original Story AM July, 18: One of four new wildfires discovered in the Cariboo Fire Centre have been confirmed to be lightning caused.
Fire Information Officer Jessica Mack told MYCARIBOONOW that a fire discovered at Chimney Valley has five firefighters and one officer on site today.
“Three firefighters worked the incident last night and were able to update the status to being held,” Mack said.
“The cause is lighting and is 0.01 hectares in size.”
Personnel according to Mack were en-route to three other fires located near Tautri, Quesnel Lake, and Forest Grove.
“Currently the fires near Tautri and Quesnel Lake do not have resources on site of the incidents, but personnel are en route,” she said.
“The fire located near Forest Grove has three personnel en route to the incident and do not have any confirmed size or cause information at this time.”
After speaking with Mack, BC Wildfire Service reported on its’ interactive map of another new fire in the Cariboo Fire Centre located 12 kilometers east of 141 Mile.
That fire is suspected to be lightning caused and is estimated at 0.10 hectares.
Quite an active day in terms of #Lightning yesterday across the Interior with over 10K strikes recorded by our network. More thunderstorms forecast today, some of which may be severe delivering strong winds, heavy downpours & potential hail. #BCstorm #WhenThunderRoarsGoIndoors pic.twitter.com/Vqi7wZf1aw
— ECCC Weather BC (@ECCCWeatherBC) July 18, 2018