Wildfire activity has flared up across the province again over the long weekend.
Fire Information Officer Kyla Fraser says they have seen a number of new fires, most sparked by lightning.
“Right now we have about 464 fires burning. Many of those are a result of the intense lightning storms we saw go through the province last week.”
Of the 21 wildfire of note, the really big ones, is a new 114 hectare blaze at Monte Lake.
“I know that fire in Monte Lake they are considering it to be held,which means we are not expecting it to grow outside its current perimeters.”
As for all the wildfire smoke clogging Kamloops,
“Certainly the winds play a large role in the smoke that we are seeing. There is quite a lot of fires burning across the province right now. It is hard to pinpoint exactly where it is coming from.”
She says there is no relief on the weather front with hot temperatures and no rain in the forecast.
Fraser says the big Snowy Mountain wildfire near Keremeos is holding at 12,000 hectares.
The 7,800 hectare Alkali Lake wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 300 people in Telegraph Creek in northwestern B.C.