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Lightning suspected cause of four of five new wildfires in the Shuswap

BC Wildfire Service responding with attack crew, helicopter
Lightning sparked several new wildfires that were discovered in the Shuswap on Wednesday, July 12, 2023. (BCWS image)

Five new wildfires ignited Wednesday in the Shuswap.

Among the fires discovered late in the day on July 12 were two spot-sized blazes (.009 hectares), Bush Creek West and Bush Creek East, located west of Adams Lake, 23 kilometres northwest of Chase.

Another spot-sized blaze was discovered a short ways north at Squaam Bay (Agate Bay).

BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) had an attack crew responding by helicopter to each of the fires. As of noon, the status of the Squaam Bay fire had changed from out of control to being held. The other two remained out of control.

The same BCWS crew was responding to another new wildfire east of the Bush Creek fires, the .4 hectare Lower East Adams Lake fire, as well as another blaze northeast of that, the spot-sized Gold Creek FSR fire. Both were out of control.

Lightning was the suspected cause of all the fires except the one at Gold Creek which was still being investigated.

Northeast of the Gold Creek FSR fire, the Snuffbox Creek wildfire, discovered July 9, was being held at 7.4 hectares.

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Read more: Wildfire smoke from Cariboo blows into Okanagan, Shuswap: Environment Canada
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Lachlan Labere

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