A dozen fires start over the weekend in the Cariboo

Lightning storms over the weekend ignited 12 wildfires in the Cariboo region.

Lightning storms over the weekend ignited 12 wildfires in the Cariboo region.

Ranging in size from spot fires to the largest being approximately 13 hectares in size, seven of the fires have already been called out and no structures are immediately threatened by any of the fires that are still burning, says the Cariboo Fire Centre.

“The closest ones to Williams Lake are at Redstone proper and on Baldface Mountain about 10 kilometres west of Itcha Ulgachuz Provincial Park, ” fire information officer Jenny Fremlin says. “Both are estimated at approximately 13 hectares in size.”

There are two helicopters, 54 personnel and two pieces of heavy equipment working on the fire at Redstone and airtankers actioned this fire on both Saturday and Sunday.

“Yesterday’s (Sunday’s) fire activity was mostly low intensity ground fire,” Fremlin says.

At the Baldface  Mountain fire, 41 personnel and two helicopters are on site and as at Redstone, Sunday’s fire activity was mostly low intensity ground fire.

“Crews are making good progress on both of the fires,” Fremlin says.

The public assisted in locating many of the fires from this past weekend, and the Cariboo Fire Centre would like to thank the public for continuing to report wildfires.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cellphone or call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free.

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at bcwildfire.ca.

There are two fires estimated at approximately 13 hectares in size — one is in the Redstone area, and the other is in the area of Baldface Mountain, which is about 10 kilometres east of the Itcha Ilgachuz Range Provincial Park.