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Storms following temperature breaking heat wave spark 8 new wildfires

Crews from the Cariboo Fire Centre are currently patrolling two active wildfires which were sparked by lightning.

Fire information officer Emily Epp says with the recent weather activity it is possible there may be even more fires waiting to be discovered.

“After a lightning storm has passed, often the lightning can smolder in the roots and underground and then as warm temperatures come back, the lightning-caused fires can pop back up and we can detect them,” she said.

“Currently we have patrols going out and searching for these fires and we appreciate any reports from the public.”

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Epp says since Tuesday crews have responded to 8 new lightning-caused wildfires, all of which were small (10 meters by 10 meters) with the exception of a 20-hectare fire near Sheep Creek Bridge.

She says crews also responded to two other fires which are currently under investigation.

Drier than normal conditions, along with current weather trends have prompted the prohibition of open burning including the activities of burning waste, stubble or grass of any size or any area, and the use of sky lanterns, burning barrels, and fireworks throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre until September 30th.

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