Lightning and gusty winds are expected across parts of the central Interior today as a wave of unsettled weather hits the province, raising concern about an increase in wildfire activity.
134 blazes are burning around B-C and wildfire service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek says 10-thousand,200-square kilometres of timber, bush and grassland has been charred since the start of this year's fire season.
Five new wildfires have been sparked in the last 24 hours, two by lighting, one under investigation and two believed linked to human activity -- including a grassfire that broke out yesterday afternoon just off Highway 33 east of Kelowna and had the potential to threaten homes. Twenty-five Kelowna-area firefighters, six from the wildfire service, as well as a helicopter were needed to control the flames and no structures were damaged.
Fire officials say they have not been able to pinpoint the cause of a wildfire August 10th in Spallumcheen that prompted an evacuation alert for 200 homes. The Patterson Creek fire started east of Highway 97A and charred four hectares before being brought under control. Armstrong-Spallumcheen Fire Chief Ian Cummings says nothing suspicious has been found but the cause will be listed as undetermined and potentially linked to human activity. The fire started on a hillside where there was no road, but Cummings says there was no lightning.