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Lightning storm tracks through the Okanagan and heads towards the West Kootenay

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
July 8th, 2011

The Kamloops Fire Centre received over one hundred smoke reports following a lightning storm that tracked through the Okanagan late this afternoon — a storm that is now heading towards the West Kootenay region.

The lightning storm came through the area with a significant amount of precipitation; thus, the fires that have been confirmed to this point are spot size. Initial attack crews supported by birddog aircraft are currently performing assessments of these reports and will be prioritizing their actions based on their findings.

The recent storm activity serves as a reminder to the public to be diligent in preventing human-caused fires to permit the Wildfire Management Branch to allocate resources to naturally occurring wildfires.

Report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling *5555 on your cell phone or toll-free 1-800 663-5555.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to http://www.bcforestfireinfo.gov.bc.ca.

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