Two new wildfires sparked this week in region

The Wildfire Management Branch continues to monitor two new fires as of Thursday afternoon.

  • Jun. 18, 2015 1:00 p.m.

The Wildfire Management Branch continues to monitor two new fires as of Thursday afternoon.

A third fire was also reported near 150 Mile House but was not found by crews.

“With a passing thunderstorm, the fires were assumed to be lightning caused,” said Emily Epp, communication specialist with the Cariboo Fire Centre, noting the majority of the Cariboo region is in a high danger rating.

“However, new information points towards human causes and the incidents are currently being investigated. All of the fires are small and crews are attending.”

The fires are located near 140 Mile and Anahim Flats.

“We have a few areas that are moderate and some scattered pockets are extreme at this time,” Epp said, adding the fire centre is asking people to be careful if they are using fire or doing any recreational activities such ATVing.

The current weather forecast suggests a return to cooler temperatures over the next few days, which will help keep fire behaviour under control.

Dry conditions throughout the Cariboo serve as reminder to the public to be cautious with any use of fire or recreational activities.

Human-caused fires are preventable and take valuable resources away from naturally-occurring fires.

The Wildfire Management Branch would like to thank the public for phoning in reports about these fires, which led to quick and efficient responses to the incidents. To report wildfires, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.

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