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Posted: July 31, 2018

Lightning sparks five new wildfires

The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is reporting five new lightning-caused fires since yesterday, including a 10-hectare fire alongside Findlay Creek, about 20 km west of Canal Flats.

The Whitetail Creek wildfire. Images courtesy BCWS

There is a .01 ha fire reported in Bruce Creek, 11 km west of Wilmer.

There is another .3 ha fire in Canuck Creek, about 11 km southeast of Yahk, a .1 ha blaze eight km west of Tochty and a .01 fire in the Flathead, about two km north of the Montana border,

The Whitetail Creek fire about 17 km east of Spillimacheen (40 km north of Radium Hot Springs) has grown to 205 ha since being discovered on Friday, July 27.

BCWS says the fire is 20% guarded but zero per cent contained. There are currently 65 firefighters, seven helicopters and 11 pieces of heavy equipment fighting the fire. Ground crews and heavy equipment are on site today along with aviation support. Crews are working to continue to build guard to limit growth.

The Hog Ranch fire, about six km northeast of Parson, remains at 43.6 ha. This fire was discovered July 20.

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