Update: Lightning starts small fires in Revelstoke region

The lightning storm that lit up Revelstoke yesterday afternoon has touched off three small fires in the Tangiers River Valley east of town.

The lightning storm that lit up Revelstoke yesterday afternoon has touched off three small fires in the Tangiers River Valley east of town.

Southeast Fire Centre information officer Karlie Shaughnessy said the fires are located in a very remote area roughly north of the Albert Canyon Hot Springs “in the middle of nowhere.”

Two of the fires are very small spot fires, the other has expanded to about two hectares.

Currently, a crew aboard a helicopter is assessing the situation to determine what resources will be needed to deal with them.

The fire danger rating varies in the Columbia Fire Zone, including areas with low, moderate and high ratings.

Campfires are still allowed but must be less than 50 centimetres high and wide.

Meanwhile, Parks Canada spokesperson Simon Hunt said the Aug. 21 storm “hasn’t produced any starts as of yet” in Mount Revelstoke National Park. There were some reports of strikes in the park.

A lightning storm that rolled through Glacier National Park a day before on Aug. 20 did result in a fire in the Beaver Valley on the eastern side of the park. That fire is about three kilometres from the road.

Hunt said the fire was at 1.5 hectares in size by Aug. 22. Parks Canada is using a monitoring strategy for the fire, “”to allow it to grow if nature wants it to,” he said. Rains in the area on Aug. 21 dampened the fire.

The strategy is to allow smaller natural fires to burn in an effort to prevent excessive fuel build up that causes larger, more catastrophic fires.



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