June 26, 2017 11:41 am
Updated: June 26, 2017 7:20 pm

Wildfires burning around B.C. following scorching weekend

A wildfire burning 40 km southwest of Lac La Hache

BC Wildfire Service / Natasha Broznitsky

As the temperatures across the province climbed to record highs over the weekend, the number of wildfires burning around B.C. also increased.

A six-hectare blaze is currently burning out of control near Tatla Lake, about 200 kilometres west of Williams Lake. There is no threat to homes but smoke can be seen from Highway 20.

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Traffic is able to get around the area as crews work to contain the flames. Air tanker crews, two helicopters and 10 firefighters are on scene.

B.C. wildfire crews are fighting a small blaze in the Garnet Valley area between Peachland and Summerland. The fire was first reported around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and is estimated to be a hectare in size. It is burning about one kilometre away from a structure (wildfire officials couldn’t confirm if that structure was a home), but the fire isn’t believed to be threatening it. The fire is believed to be human-caused.

Meanwhile, a 75-hectare fire is burning in the northern interior, three kilometres south of Owen Lake. Smoke can be seen in Houston, about 40 kilometres away. An additional 40 firefighters had to be called in late Sunday night. This fire is also believed to be human-caused.

Officials say lightning is the cause of a fire in the Cariboo region, but the blaze has now been contained.

The fire is estimated to be about 36 hectares in size and is about 50 kilometres northwest of 100 Mile House and 40 kilometres southwest of Lac La Hache.

The fire isn’t directly threatening any buildings or property.

-With files from Lauren Pullen and Kyle Benning

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