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Lightning causes two fires in two minutes

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September 04, 2013 - 11:59 AM

VERNON - While the rest of Vernon was wet and rainy yesterday, a couple places were on fire.

They weren't big fires, but they drew crews of firefighters nonetheless. Deputy fire chief of operations Jack Blair says a series of lightning strikes caused two grass fires, one at 1:52 p.m. and another at 1:54 p.m.

The first fire, which lit up vegetation on Dunsmuir Road, was phoned in by a bystander who saw it ignite.

The second blaze was in the 6400 block of Okanagan Landing Road, where a small patch of trees and brush caught fire.

"The guys quickly got it all under control," Blair says.

Vernon is currently under a severe thunderstorm watch.

To contact the report for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca, call (250) 309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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