VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A lightning storm swept across the southern Interior overnight, sparking dozens of small wildfires.
Flames spread along the length of the Okanagan Valley and all the way north to the Williams Lake and Prince George areas.
The BC Wildfire service says at least 38 new fires were reported last night and more could be identified this morning, as crews get a better look.
The lightning also hit an apartment building in West Kelowna at around 8 p.m.
For individuals trying to report new wildfire activity to *5555 / 1-800-663-5555, it is best to wait on the line rather than to hang up and dial again. Please only report wildfires that you suspect have not yet been called in, thank you.
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 18, 2018