The Okanagan is burning, with no less than 20 fires being reported after a thunderstorm blanketed and then torched the area with hundreds of lightning strikes on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday evening, B.C. Wildfire said it didn’t have an exact number of how many firefighters or aircraft were involved, stating the numbers were constantly changing, but it’s safe to assume it was an all-hands-on-deck kind of day.
As to why there were so many fires, Global News meteorologist Peter Quinlan posted an eye-popping tweet, saying there were more than 400 lightning strikes on Tuesday.
436 lightning strikes within a 50km radius of #Kelowna last night. Full coverage of the storms & fires that were sparked coming up @GlobalOkanagan https://t.co/4Z8PzkkREI #ylw #Penticton #Vernon #bcstorm #Okanagan pic.twitter上海龙凤419/4gZu5pnMLp
— Peter Quinlan (@PQuinlanGlobal) July 18, 2018
As of Wednesday afternoon, the B.C. Wildfire Service active wildfires map shows fires in:
West Kelowna: Carrot Mountain 1, Carrot Mountain 2, Carrot Mountain 3, Law Creek, Mount Drought.
Peachland: Peachland Creek, Munro Lake Forest Service Road, Mount Eneas.
Summerland: Mount Conkle.
Here’s another angle on the fire near #Summerland. Even from a distance flames can be seen leaping up trees sometimes #bcwildfire pic.twitter上海龙凤419/IianpyBoqR
— Jules Knox (@Jules_Knox) July 18, 2018
Because we’re stuck in the lineup between #Peachland and #Summerland …a 360 degree view of the growing smoke in the Okanagan Valley. #bcwildfire pic.twitter上海龙凤419/5f0M5GjK2i
— Jules Knox (@Jules_Knox) July 19, 2018
Naramata: North Naramata Road and KVR Little Tunnel, both of which are north of Naramata.
Okanagan Mountain Park: There are two fires inside the park and one just outside the park boundary, with a fourth located 1.5 kilometres along the KVR off Chute Lake Road.
West of Big White: Kallis Creek, Okanagan Falls Forest Service Road.
Aerial view of the #MountConkle fire burning near #Summerland the PIB has now issued an evacuation alert for homes in the area on reserve land and declared a local state of emergency. #bcwildfire https://t.co/XCcMvac1E8
— Shelby Thom (@Shelby_Thom) July 19, 2018
Kaleden: Lakehill Road-Highway 97, Eastside Road.
Osoyoos: An unconfirmed fire, though Global News has received phone calls about smoke being visible. B.C.
Smoke from a fire blankets the skies above Osoyoos. Lara Howsam
Smoke from a fire blankets the skies above Osoyoos.
While most fires appear to be small so far, the Mount Conkle fire near Summerland is estimated to be 50 hectares. The Mount Eneas fire is estimated at 2 hectares, as is the Munro Lake Forest Service Road fire.
Also, the Placer Mountain fire, which is 37 kilometres south of Princeton, is estimated at 50 hectares.
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