NEWS

Lightning storms spark fire warnings

08/11/2013 05:22 EDT | Updated 10/11/2013 05:12 EDT
Fire officials have issued an evacuation alert as a small fire continues to burn west of Lillooet.

The fire hasn't grown since it started yesterday, but officials are concerned high winds could quickly create a dangerous situation.

Lightning triggered 65 new fires in B.C. in the last 24 hours — many of them in the Kamloops district.

With lightning storms in the forecast for most of southern B.C. Sunday afternoon, the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch says they are expecting more fires to break out across the province.

Some areas have already experienced thunderstorms today, but so far there are no reports of any new fires.

Kamloops Fire Centre spokeswoman Melissa Welsh says the public can help by telling fire officials when they see smoke so crews can douse any flames before the fire has a chance to spread.

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