Lightning sparks numerous fires across southeastern British Columbia

By The Canadian Press
June 27, 2017 - 5:38pm Updated: June 27, 2017 - 10:17pm

CASTLEGAR, B.C. — Lightning storms across southeastern British Columbia have sparked numerous wildfires.

BC Wildfire Service personnel are at two separate fires burning just a few kilometres on either side of the village of Nakusp.

The service says three more fires were started in the Kootenay Lake fire zone, and all cover less that a hectare in size.

A 30-hectare wildfires was discovered near Bull River, northwest of Fernie, on Sunday and officials say it is being held back by firefighting crews and unlikely to spread further.

The service says no structures are being threatened. 

It says half of the 26 fires that have started since the beginning of April were human caused.

The fire danger in the southeast part of the province is moderate or high, with some areas at extreme fire danger in the Cranbrook fire zone.

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