Two small blazes start near Kamloops

One, north of Chase, was caused by lightning. The cause of a second, north of Westwold, is not yet known

A lightning strike has sparked a small fire north of Aylmer Lake, which is north of Chase.

The BC Wildfire Service said the fire near Aylmer Lake, above Little Shuswap Lake, started on Thursday, Aug. 1, and was mapped at less than a hectare as of 11:45 a.m. on Friday, with a small crew assessing and fighting the flames.

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Another fire of unknown cause flared up on Thursday in the hills just north of Westwold on Highway 97 between Kamloops and Vernon. It was last estimated at less than a hectare in size.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, there have been 587 fires in the province this year and 28 in the past seven days. Of those 587 blazes, 42 per cent were caused by lightning, 36 per cent were human-caused and the remaining 22 per cent do not have a cause attached to them.

Of those 587 fires, 558 have been extinguished, 11 are under control, nine are out of control and three are being held.

As of Friday, there are five active fires in the Kamloops Fire Centre.

While July was wetter than normal in the region — Kamloops received 36 millimetres if rain, compared to the average of 31 millimetres — the heat will be amped up this B.C. Day long weekend.

Following a cooler and wet Friday, Environment Canada is calling for sunshine and hot temperatures from Saturday and extending into next week.

The forecast high on Saturday is 29 C, rising to a blistering 35 C by Tuesday.

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