07/20/2015 08:37 EDT | Updated 07/20/2016 05:59 EDT

B.C. Fires: Coldstream Creek Blaze Leads To Evacuation Alert

Residents of 28 homes in the area are on evacuation alert.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Lightning has sparked an aggressive, growing wildfire near Ashcroft, British Columbia.

The BC Wildfire Service says the Coldstream Creek fire was discovered Monday and has grown to 600 hectares fuelled by hot, dry conditions and strong winds.

Residents of 28 homes in the area are on evacuation alert, prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

An evacuation order was issued late Monday for the area surrounding Bolean Lake, including the Bolean Lake Resort, due to an aggressive wildfire between Bolean Lake and Falkland.

The fire southwest of Salmon Arm covers about 300 hectares and the order affects about 24 properties.

Provincial Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says in the last 24 hours, 60 fires have started across B.C. and almost all have been sparked by lightning.

There have been almost 1,200 wildfires this season in B.C. and there are currently 216 burning, 15 of which are considered major fires.

Evacuation alerts or orders were in place for residents near five fires, including an alert for residents near Kelowna in the Bear Creek area.

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