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Crews respond to half a dozen small, lightning-caused fires in North Okanagan and Shuswap

FILE PHOTO: One of the lightning-caused fires burning today, Aug. 24, 2017 in the North Okanagan is east of the Enderby Cliffs, pictured here in this file photo.
August 24, 2017 - 4:08 PM

ENDERBY - B.C. Wildfire is responding to six small wildfires, most of which are northeast of Enderby.

The fires started sometime overnight or early Thursday morning, Aug. 24, according to fire information officer Melanie Morin. Five are burning northeast of Enderby and another is north of Salmon Arm. 

“They are all suspected lightning-caused resulting from a storm that came through this morning or overnight,” Morin says.

No structures are currently threatened by the fires, which are small — from spot-size to 0.3 hectares — and burning in remote areas for the most part, Morin says.

B.C. Wildfire has crews of about three-to-four firefighters working on each fire.

“Two of those were rappel crews because they were difficult to access and we did have a tanker actioning on some of those throughout the day,” she says.

Despite windy conditions, Morin says crews are getting a good handle on the fires, which are considered rank one or two, meaning they are smouldering ground fires with a slow rate of spread.

You can check for active wildfires on this interactive map. 

— This story was updated at 7:52 a.m. Aug. 25, 2017 to correct a typo in the headline. 

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