Wildfires north of Kamloops caused by lightning, people

By James Peters
August 16, 2016 - 7:32am

KAMLOOPS — Lightning in the Kamloops region over the past few days has led to a number of new wildfire starts, but at least one blaze north of the city is believed to have been caused by people.

The BC Wildfire Service is fighting two fires east of Barriere, one at the north end of East Barriere Lake, and the other near Momich Lakes Provincial Park.

Both are about one hectare in size, and both are classified as lightning-caused.

A very small fire has been noted in the O'Connor Lake Road area north of Kamloops, also caused by lightning.

But another small fire just north of Heffley Creek, close to the Yellowhead Highway is classified as person-caused.

Fire Information Officer Max Birkner says as the weather heats up, so does the danger.

"The fire danger rating is high right now, and we're asking people to be very cautious, especially if they're out there in the back country using campfires or dirt bikes and activity that can cause wildfires," said Birkner.

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