A number of wildfires sparked in the Kamloops Fire Centre as lightning struck the Southern Interior of B.C. Friday evening, July 31, 2020. (Black Press file)

A number of wildfires sparked in the Kamloops Fire Centre as lightning struck the Southern Interior of B.C. Friday evening, July 31, 2020. (Black Press file)

Fourteen blazes sparked in Kamloops Fire Centre

Lightning the suspected cause of all fires but one; cause of Solco Creek blaze remains unknown

Fourteen wildfires are active in the Kamloops Fire Centre after lightning struck throughout the province Friday night.

(Story continues below)

At 8:41 p.m. there were approximately 11 lightning strikes a minute in the Kamloops area. (Lightningmaps.org)

Of the 14 blazes, 14 are less than .01 hectares in size according to the BC Wildfire Dashboard.

A wildfire burning out-of-control in the Solco Creek area near Okanagan Falls has grown to an estimated 13.80 hectares. The blaze was estimated to be 5 ha. in size when first reported on Thursday. The blaze is currently smouldering and has little to no open flame, Fire Information Officer Gagan Lidhram said Saturday afternoon.

Two pieces of heavy equipment are on scene, and a fire guard has been established around 20 per cent of the Solco Creek blaze.

“Between 12 to 4 p.m. is the hottest part of the day, and that’s also when the fuels are the driest, so we’re trying to get on top of it and ensure that there is no growth from that period onward,” Gagan said.

A fire in Shackan Creek, east of Lytton, is currently estimated at 0.4 hectares in size.

All current fires are suspected to have been caused by lightning with the exception of the Solco Creek blaze, which does not currently have a known cause.

READ MORE: Solco Creek fire east of Okanagan Falls estimated 5 hectares

Small wildfires at an estimated 0.01 hectares have been sparked in the following areas:

  • Frisken Creek, near the Upper Nicola
  • Manning Creek, near the Upper Nicola
  • Monte Lake, off Highway 97
  • Green Lake, off Highway 5A
  • Ketchum Road, off Highway 5A
  • Otter Creek, off Highway 5A
  • Elk Lake, off Highway 5A
  • Dillard Creek , off Highway 5A
  • Silver Star Mountain, near Vernon
  • Nuaitch Creek
  • Duck Hills
  • Martin Mountain Branch 2
  • Swain Creek
  • Cahilty Main

Crews are monitoring the small fires in case any of them require action. More fires could also be reported as reports to BC Wildfire Service continue to come in.

“We’re constantly monitoring all of the phone reports,” Gagan said. “We’re still getting significant ones within the Kamloops and Salmon Arm area.”

Gagan thanked those who have been calling in to provide BC Wildfire Service with essential information.

“It really helps us with getting action to the fires as quickly as possible.”

READ MORE: Two wildfires burning east of Okanagan Falls

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

bc wildfires

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Oliver Elementary School
Former Oliver PAC treasurer charged with fraud returns to court

Belinda Yorke will be in court to fix a date for trial in February

(Pixabay)
‘Roadmap out of COVID-19’: Innovate BC’s program helping businesses recover

CEO Raghwa Gopal said the tech sector is here to help brick and mortar businesses

Penticton fire crews quickly put out a small blaze at a home on Duncan Ave. E Monday night. (Mike Biden photo)
UPDATE: House fire sends one to hospital

The fire at the Duncan Place home was cooking related

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin makes preparations at Toronto’s mass vaccination clinic, Jan. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
3 deaths, 234 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

One death connected to outbreak at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital, where 20 patients and 28 staff have tested positive

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Alexandra “Annabelle” Lee and her grandpa Bryan Weightman enjoyed a shopping spree at the Sicamous Askew’s foods location after Weightman won a draw for a gift card. (Submitted)
Sicamous seven-year-old fills grandparents’ shopping cart after contest win

When her grandparents won an Askew’s Foods gift card, Alexandra Lee got to handle the shopping

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
The Brucejack mine is 65 km north of Stewart in northwestern B.C. (Pretivm Photo)
B.C. mine executives see bright gleam in post-COVID future

Low carbon drives demand for copper, steelmaking coal

In this Dec. 18, 2020 photo, pipes to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Neb.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris Machian /Omaha World-Herald via AP
Canadians divided over Keystone pipeline, despite U.S. president’s permit pullback

Two-thirds of Canadians think Biden’s decision was a “bad thing” for Alberta

A GoFundMe campaign for a display of unity quickly received donations. The initiative, by the Lekhi family of Summerland, began days after their home had been targeted by vandalism and racist graffiti. Discussions are now taking place to determine where an art piece promoting unity will be located. (GoFundMe.com)
Artwork in Summerland to show message of inclusivity

Initiative began following vandalism of Indo-Canadian family’s home in July

Penticton’s Burdock House supportive housing on Winnipeg St. is one of the B.C. Housing buildings the City of Penticton wants audited. (File photo)
City of Penticton seeks audit of BC Housing supportive housing units

BC Housing recently announced plans to construct a new supportive housing unit in the city

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Superintendent Shawna Baher presents Lisa Rands, of Enderby, a certificate of appreciation after she went above and beyond at the scene of a multi-vehicle collision that closed Highway 97A Jan. 6, 2021, for several hours. (RCMP)
Mounties laud woman for help at fatal crash near Enderby

Vernon RCMP honour Enderby woman for taking care of children involved in collision

Most Read