An early-morning lightning storm sparked a number of new spot-sized fires in the Shuswap, with the BC Wildfire Service currently assessing the situation and actively fighting fires in a number of locations.
There are approximately nine new fires that have been identified by BC Wildfire in the region in areas surrounding Seymour Arm, Anglemont, Scotch Creek, Hunter's Range, Queest and Perry River. All of these fires are listed as small in size and most are in remote areas. No structures are being threatened.
Both the CSRD's Scotch Creek and Anglemont Fire Departments are currently assisting BC Wildfire with fire starts in the North Shuswap.
Two small fires are now considered contained, but local fire crews will remain on site to ensure there are no flare-ups.
The Shuswap Emergency Program has not been activated to deal with any fire situation at this time.
If BC Wildfire determines there is a need, members of the Shuswap Emergency Program will be called in.
For the most up-to-date information, the best source is the BC Wildfire Service Dashboard.
With the amount of lightning associated with this storm, more fire starts are possible. The public is a crucial source of fire information. If you see smoke or have a concern about a possible new fire, call *5555 on mobile or 1-800-663-5555.
Citizens are also reminded that many wildfires are human-caused. With high temperatures continuing, be sure to use extreme caution and exercise all precautions to avoid any additional fire starts.
Image: The BC Wildfire Dashboard is showing nine new fire starts in the Shuswap region after the July 29 thunderstorm. The orange diamonds indicate the site of a new fire. (BC Wildfire Service)