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Lightning lights up Okanagan skies, causes spot fires

WATCH: A South Okanagan woman says she heard a loud boom and saw a flash of lightning and smoke rising from the forest near her Anarchist Mountain home.

A storm system that moved into the Okanagan and Boundary areas from Washington state brought lightning with it for the second night in a row.

A few small fires cropped up in the South Okanagan following the storm, but none were of significant concern, according to authorities.

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The B.C. Wildfire Service is sending ground personnel to a 0.01-hectare spot fire at McIntyre Bluff near Oliver, B.C., that was sparked by a lightning strike.

Composite photo of lightning in Osoyoos, B.C. from July 23, 2019.
Composite photo of lightning in Osoyoos, B.C. from July 23, 2019. Courtesy: Greg Reely/ Global Okanagan

WATCH BELOW: Viewer video compilation of Okanagan lightning storm

Viewer video compilation of Okanagan lightning storm
Viewer video compilation of Okanagan lightning storm

“It is classified as out of control at this time but it is a spot-sized fire,” said fire information officer Taylor MacDonald.

“Resources will be allocated as needed on that one today.”

Lightning flashes over Kelowna during Wednesday morning's thunder and lightning storm.
Lightning flashes over Kelowna during Wednesday morning's thunder and lightning storm. Julie Redding
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Environment Canada issued the alert at 3:51 p.m.
Environment Canada issued the alert at 3:51 p.m. File
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Meanwhile, the Penticton Fire Department said it responded to a small grass fire that broke out at around 10:17 p.m. on private property just past the Campbell Mountain Landfill.

Deputy fire chief Chris Forster said a bush truck responded, and the fire was quickly extinguished as earlier rainfall resulted in moist ground and prevented the spot fires from spreading.

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Near Osoyoos, the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department said it had another busy night as “crews responded very quickly to several new fires” as a result of the storm system.

“All known fires have been extinguished and crews returned to hall,” the fire department said in a Facebook post.

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Global News viewers have sent in photos and videos of the lightning as the storm moved from south to north in the valley.

Lightning over Naramata
Lightning over Naramata Courtesy: Kevin Suffern/ Global News
Lightning over Okanagan Valley
Lightning over Okanagan Valley Courtesy: Dan Boileau/ Global News
Lightning over Osoyoos, B.C.
Lightning over Osoyoos, B.C. Courtesy: Roberta McIntosh/ Global News

The storm can be tracked on the Environment Canada radar here.

A map of real-time lightning strikes can be accessed here.

To check on the B.C. Wildfire map as the storm moves through the province, click here.