Two fires sparked in the Silver Star Mountain area, with a third near Bobbie Burns Mountain roughly 66 km east of Vernon, July 31, 2020. (BC Wildfire Service)

Crews control fire near Okanagan mountain resort

Three fires sparked in the North Okanagan Friday night

  • Aug. 1, 2020 12:00 a.m.

Update 12:15 p.m.

Fire crews extinguished a blaze that sparked within one kilometre of the village at SilverStar Mountain Resort near Vernon July 31.

BC Wildfire Service assisted the Silver Star Mountain Fire Department in knocking down the fire following the thunderstorm that swept across the valley Friday evening.

“(There) was a request for assistance from the Silver Star fire department yesterday evening,” said Fire Information Officer Gagan Lidhran. “Its status currently is under control.”

Lidhran said the fire does not pose a threat to the community. Crews will return to the scene later this afternoon to check for any hot spots in need of putting out.

The fire is believed to have been started by lightning and is currently spot-sized at about 0.009 hectares.

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Original:

A pair of small wildfires sparked in the Silver Star Mountain area Friday night.

The two blazes are an estimated 0.01 hectares in size and came as lightning strikes were reported from the South Okanagan to the North Thompson on the evening of July 31. BC Wildfire Service has so far named lightning as the suspected cause of one of the fires.

A third wildfire, also 0.01 hectares, was sparked overnight at Bobbie Burns Mountain, roughly 66 km northeast of Vernon.

READ MORE: Six blazes spark in Kamloops Fire Centre on Friday

Six fires of similar size were also sparked in the Kamloops Wildfire Centre Friday evening, and another blaze in the Solco Creek area is out of control and covering five hectares.


Brendan Shykora

Reporter, Vernon Morning Star

Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com

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