A number of wildfires sparked in the Kamloops Fire Centre as lightning struck the Southern Interior of B.C. Friday evening, July 31, 2020. (Black Press file)

Fourteen blazes sparked in Kamloops Fire Centre

Lightning the suspected cause of all fires but one; cause of Solco Creek blaze remains unknown

Fourteen wildfires are active in the Kamloops Fire Centre after lightning struck throughout the province Friday night.

(Story continues below)

At 8:41 p.m. there were approximately 11 lightning strikes a minute in the Kamloops area. (Lightningmaps.org)

Of the 14 blazes, 14 are less than .01 hectares in size according to the BC Wildfire Dashboard.

A wildfire burning out-of-control in the Solco Creek area near Okanagan Falls has grown to an estimated 13.80 hectares. The blaze was estimated to be 5 ha. in size when first reported on Thursday. The blaze is currently smouldering and has little to no open flame, Fire Information Officer Gagan Lidhram said Saturday afternoon.

Two pieces of heavy equipment are on scene, and a fire guard has been established around 20 per cent of the Solco Creek blaze.

“Between 12 to 4 p.m. is the hottest part of the day, and that’s also when the fuels are the driest, so we’re trying to get on top of it and ensure that there is no growth from that period onward,” Gagan said.

A fire in Shackan Creek, east of Lytton, is currently estimated at 0.4 hectares in size.

All current fires are suspected to have been caused by lightning with the exception of the Solco Creek blaze, which does not currently have a known cause.

READ MORE: Solco Creek fire east of Okanagan Falls estimated 5 hectares

Small wildfires at an estimated 0.01 hectares have been sparked in the following areas:

  • Frisken Creek, near the Upper Nicola
  • Manning Creek, near the Upper Nicola
  • Monte Lake, off Highway 97
  • Green Lake, off Highway 5A
  • Ketchum Road, off Highway 5A
  • Otter Creek, off Highway 5A
  • Elk Lake, off Highway 5A
  • Dillard Creek , off Highway 5A
  • Silver Star Mountain, near Vernon
  • Nuaitch Creek
  • Duck Hills
  • Martin Mountain Branch 2
  • Swain Creek
  • Cahilty Main

Crews are monitoring the small fires in case any of them require action. More fires could also be reported as reports to BC Wildfire Service continue to come in.

“We’re constantly monitoring all of the phone reports,” Gagan said. “We’re still getting significant ones within the Kamloops and Salmon Arm area.”

Gagan thanked those who have been calling in to provide BC Wildfire Service with essential information.

“It really helps us with getting action to the fires as quickly as possible.”

READ MORE: Two wildfires burning east of Okanagan Falls

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

bc wildfires

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Hiawatha RV Park will be demolished starting in February, to make room for a new condo development. Residents have four months to leave. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘I don’t know what to do’; Another Hiawatha resident pleas for eviction extension

Hiawatha RV Park residents have four months to leave the neighbourhood

Kalamalka Lake which connects Lake Country to Vernon and feeds into Okanagan Lake. (File photo)
Response sought to Okanagan Lake level management shortfalls

Water board adds support to Peachland council’s call to change how lake level is managed

In record numbers, Central Okanagan parents were turning to remote learning for their kids this school year. (File photo)
COVID-19 fuels Central Okanagan remote learning expansion

Enrolment for K-9 in eSchool program climbs from 40-50 to 700

(DiStefano Jaud Architecture)
Kelowna city staff wave down proposed Byrns Road development

Developer proposes gas station, car wash, liquor store, commercial buildings, in agricultural area

Over the years, Janice Blackie-Goodine’s home in Summerland has featured elaborate Halloween displays and decorations each October. (File photo)
QUIZ: How much do you really know about Halloween?

Oct. 31 is a night of frights. How much do you know about Halloween customs and traditions?

Physical distancing signs are a common sight in B.C. stores and businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS
272 more COVID-19 cases for B.C., outbreak at oil sands project

Three new health care outbreaks, three declared over

A rock slide is blocking one lane off the Trans-Canada Highway west of Sicamous. (Cindy Schedlosky/Facebook)
Rock slide closes one lane of Trans-Canada Highway near Sicamous

Single-lane alternating traffic is in effect.

Vernon-North Okanagan police responded to a property dispute in the 11000 block of Westside Road Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Google Maps)
Property dispute leads to police presence near Vernon

An altercation between two individuals prompted a police response to the Westside Road area

Titled “Dutch Underground - Laren 1944,” Mineke Spencer’s parents Johanna and Albert Jan Koeslag (centre) sit with their 13 children, who ranged in age from seven (Minike) to 28. Mineke is the little girl with the big white bow in the front, left, beside sister Marie, also with a white bow. (Contributed)
Fearless allies: Shuswap woman reflects on childhood in Dutch Resistance

Mineke Spencer was three-years-old when Germany invaded her home in the Netherlands

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie “The Name of the Rose” at a news conference in London. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo/Gerald Penny, File)
Actor Sean Connery, the ‘original’ James Bond, dies at 90

Oscar-winner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Several police vehicles were seen at the Sagmoen farm on Salmon River Road in Silver Creek on Thursday night, Oct. 29, 2020. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
UPDATE: One person arrested, released following police presence at Sagmoen farm

RCMP were at Silver Creek property where remains of Vernon woman were found in 2017

Most Read