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Lightning activity in BC yesterday sparked several new wildfires

Canada's west coast saw heavy lightning activity over Monday and Tuesday, sparking several wildfires in the Northwest Fire Centre.

On Tuesday evening, Environment Canada released a visual illustrating the heavy lightning activity in the area.

According to a statement from the BCWS released on Tuesday, lightning storms are the suspected cause of nine new fires since July 5. An additional four new fires have been discovered since then, three of which are believed to be lightning-caused.

Of the 12 lightning-suspected wildfires reported, nine of them are less than one-hectare, and one less than five hectares. In the very northwest of BC, about 40 km west of Atlin, a wildfire that was discovered on Saturday is measured at 35 hectares.

The largest of the fires recently, and largest active fire in the Northwest Fire Centre, is 400 hectares located approximately 135 km northwest of Dease Lake and about 115 km southeast of Atlin.

BCWS said that they were expecting more lightning throughout the Northwest Fire Centre on Wednesday and "is conducting ongoing air and ground patrols to monitor the region for new wildfire starts," the release said.



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