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BCWS predicts stable forecast following persistent lightning strikes across province

VANCOUVER — A spokesperson for the BC Wildfire Service says 80 per cent of the 212 new fires sparked across the province since Wednesday were caused by lightning.
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Smoke from fires along Sheep Creek is shown in an Aug.7, 2022 handout photo from the BC Wildfire Service.  An information officer with the BC Wildfire Service says 80 per cent of the 212 new fires sparked across the province since Wednesday were caused by lightning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-BC Wildfire Service **MANDATORY CREDIT**

VANCOUVER — A spokesperson for the BC Wildfire Service says 80 per cent of the 212 new fires sparked across the province since Wednesday were caused by lightning.

Briana Hill says the service was well prepared and 69 per cent of all of those ignited by the strikes are now classified as out, under control or being held.

The service says in a statement that this is not unusual as August is typically an active month for lightning strikes in the province, second only to July.

Hill says what is somewhat unusual is four consecutive days with widespread lightning strikes.

She also notes that though officials were concerned about wind causing fires to spread quickly and unpredictably throughout the weekend, the service was pleasantly surprised it did not have a significant impact.

She says the service is now predicting rising temperatures and less convection, which means much less lightning activity is expected in the coming week.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 14, 2022.

The Canadian Press