Thunderstorms and lightning Wednesday morning sparked “multiple new wildfires” in BC’s Coastal Fire Center area, with more to worry about.
The state’s wildfire service reported the lightning strike as part of a series of storms that arrived in Canada after heading northwest from Washington.
Two of the storms touched the central coast of Vancouver Island. One near Tofino and one near Kildonan. According to the state’s interactive fire map, 10 small fires have broken out in the west-central region of the island. Fireworks and campfires are on the current list of prohibited activities in the area.
By Thursday, coastal areas are expected to clear up as most of the storm moves east.
However, sporadic thunderstorms are expected over much of the southern part of the state over the next two days. Areas expected to be affected include the Fraser Valley, South Thompson and Okanagan areas.
The Coastal Fire Center is aware of and prepared for this potential lightning event and expects more fires to be reported in the coming days. Visit https://t.co/WaILD7UIMG or #BC Wildfire mobile app.
— BC WildFire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 10, 2022
British Columbians who live in parts of the state that don’t get any rain should still be on the lookout for dry lightning. During dry thunderstorms, rainwater evaporates before it reaches the ground, causing nearby lightning strikes.
Lightning can be tracked using the federal Lightning Hazard Map, which shows the likelihood of lightning strikes at 10-minute intervals. Maps users should be aware that Maps operates in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is 7 hours ahead of Pacific Time.
In addition to the rainfall, there are also heat and air quality warnings for parts of southern BC.
This combination of heat, dry conditions and lightning strikes increases the risk of wildfires. However, it may take longer to find the fire as it is still raining. This confluence of factors requires special vigilance.
Lightning was the leading cause of wildfires last year.
Neal McLoughlin, Head of Forecasting Services at BC Wildfire Services, said:
Lightning sparks wildfires on BC coast, electric storm heads inland
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