UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.
Several small Shuswap fires have changed status or been extinguished after a days’ worth of firefighting efforts.
The Upper East Canoe Creek fire discovered earlier this morning has been put out and removed from the BC Wildfire Service map.
The Upper Violet Creek fire, named later in the afternoon and located northeast of Salmon Arm, is classified as being held at 0.009 hectares.
Further north, across Shuswap Lake, the McIntyre Creek fire is also being held at 0.009 hectares.
Northeast of Blind Bay, the Ross Creek fire near Anglemont has been classified as being held at 2 hectares in size since 3:45 p.m. Aug. 22.
The Federated Co-Op FSR fire is also being held, at 0.1 hectares.
Of the smaller fires discovered after the previous night’s lightning, only the Mount Grice Hutcheson fire, north of Cinnemousun Narrows Provincial Park, continues to burn out of control at 0.009 hectares.
Original story: 11:20 a.m.
Lightning has sparked a cluster of new wildfires in the Shuswap.
As of Aug. 22, two spot-sized (.009 hectares) wildfires were burning east of Salmon Arm, the Upper East Canoe Creek fire and, to the southeast, another in the Larch Hills that had not yet been named.
Another spot-sized fire, also unnamed, was discovered Tuesday morning across Shuswap Lake west of Steamboat Island.
Lightning was also responsible for fires north of Cinnemousun Narrows Provincial Park, the spot-sized Mount Grice Hutcheson fire, as well as the 1-hectare Ross Creek wildfire located west of Anglemont and east of the evacuation order area in the North Shuswap.
All of these fires were classified as out of control.
Further north, the 0.1-hectare Federated Co-Op Forest Service Road fire, also discovered this morning (Aug. 22) was already classified as being held by BCWS.