Cariboo gets its first lightning-caused wildfire of the season

Despite the heavy rains during May, fire conditions are heating up in the Cariboo fire region.

Despite the heavy rains during May, fire conditions are heating up in the Cariboo fire region.

The region had its first lightning wildfire of the season on Wednesday, June 5.

“A strike was called in by the public near 141 Mile House and Enterprise Road on the east side of Highway 97,” said fire information officer Greig Bethel. “One Initial Attack crew from Williams Lake actioned the wildfire — it turned out to be a single Douglas fir tree was smoking and shattered from the lightning strike.”

An IA crew returned Thursday  to fall the remains of tree and execute mop-up.

“In wildfire speak, this was a ‘kick and spit,'” Bethel said.

Out in the west part of the Chilcotin conditions drying out, meaning the danger rating has gone up from low to moderate.

There is a risk of thunderstorms forecast for that area Friday afternoon and possibly through the weekend, Bethel added.