Dry lightning forecasted for the Okanagan

Firefighters are hunkering down and awaiting the fallout from a potentially problematic weather system rolling through in the next two days.

"There is going to be dry lightening in the Okanagan today and tomorrow," said Kelsey Winter, a fire information officer from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources.

Dry lightning, combined with low relative humidity and high temperatures is creating a "dangerous" set of conditions, she said.

The great hope is that there will be rain by the weekend and, until that happens,  area residents and tourists in the wilder areas of the Okanagan stay aware of the tinter dry conditions in area forests, and behave accordingly.

The latter, however, may be a tall order to fill given recent news.

"This week there have been 11 new fires —that's just from Monday to Wednesday," she said. "All of the fires have been small in size, and they've all been caused by humans."

A campfire ban continues throughout the Central Okanagan and open fires have not been allowed within the boundaries of the regional district since April.

Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of a fire department response to a burning complaint.

Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.



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