08/03/2013 02:33 EDT | Updated 10/03/2013 05:12 EDT

B.C Forest Fires Sparked By Lightening Across The Province

Smoke billows from a wildfire in Tortuero, near central Spanish city Guadalajara on August 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The BC Wildfire Branch's predictions of a busy long weekend appears to be playing out, as crews battle 200 forest fires.

Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says many of the fires started over the last two days because of lightning strikes.

Skrepnek says the fires are manageable because most of them are small, and because the lightning activity was accompanied by a bit of rain.

However, he says the volume of blazes is taxing resources, given how widespread they are across the province.

He says there aren't many new fires in the north, but the rest of the province is seeing a great deal of activity.

Tinder dry conditions from the long spell of hot weather have prompted the province to implement campfire bans in the coastal and southeastern parts of B.C., as well as in Kamloops and in the Cariboo. (CHNL)

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