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Lightning sparks 8 wildfires in south Okanagan

A shot from Osoyoos of the southern Okanagan lightning storm that resulted in several fires. Courtesy Luke Mikler

SOUTH OKANAGAN — South okanagan residents were given quite the show Saturday night as storm rolled through the region, lighting up the sky.

But it was bad news for our forests, as it caused eight fires between Keremeos and Osoyoos.

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“Smoke is visible between Oliver and Osoyoos,” confirmed fire information officer Kelsey Winter.

Most resources are being diverted towards the fire at Hunter Creek fire, which is the largest of the eight at 12 hectares in size. A fire next to Spotted Lake is the second largest, sitting at roughly three hectares. The other fires are less than a hectare in size.

Winter says none of the fires are threatening any structures or homes.

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Wildfire Management officials say 16 fires have started in zones overseen by the Kamloops Fire Centre since Friday night, 11 of those in the Okanagan.

Before this weekend, over $62 million had been spent fighting fires in B.C. this year.

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– With files from Justin McElroy

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