130 new wildfires in the province have left BC fire crews with their hands full.
The cause of the fires?
Yesterday alone, 132 new wildfires started. As of this morning there are 305 fires across BC that we’re responding to pic.twitter.com/G9MWnY2l5L
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 1, 2018
Thunderstorms have been a menacing force with Prince George, Cariboo Chilcotin, Bulkley Valley, Williston, 100 Mile, and North Thompson, all under severe thunderstorm watch.
Fire danger ratings across southern BC currently sit between high to extreme.
In total, the fire crews across the province are responding to 305 fires, 132 of which began last night.
An evacuation order has been put in place for Cathedral Lakes Lodge, an area of the Cathedral Provincial Park in Slocan, BC.
93 properties along Quesnel Lake in Cariboo have been put into evacuation alert.
— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) August 1, 2018
At this time, there are 10 wildfires of note across British Columbia. Only one of them stemmed from yesterdays lightning storm.
The largest fire is the Snowy Mountain wildfire approximately 14 km south of Keremeos. Discovered on Tuesday, July 17, it is currently 6,155 hectares in size.