Increased wildfire activity expected

By James Peters
June 30, 2016 - 11:36am

KAMLOOPS — Wildfire officials are warning the public that dry lightning strikes in the Kamloops region last night could lead to increased fire activity over the next few days.

Fire Information Officer Rachel Witt says more than 400 strikes have been recorded across the region in the past 24 hours, in addition to 3000 strikes from the storm on Monday.

"This isn't really associated with much precipitation. The northern part of the Clearwater zone did receive some precipitation, but not much. As for the rest of the fire centre, we really didn't see much rain that has been able to really make the fuels moist," explained Witt.

Witt says fire officials are relying on members of the public to call in new forest fire sightings.

Meantime, the Tunkwa Lake fire that popped up yesterday has grown to 15 hectares in size, but Witt says crews have made good progress establishing containment.

She notes the fire has exhibited minimal growth overnight and is less active today than it was yesterday.

That blaze is not threatening any structures.

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