Precipitation provides some relief on wildfires

Warmer weather in the forecast keeps campfire ban in effect.

Firefighters are not out of the woods yet.

Rain over the weekend helped to tame some of the big blazes in the Kamloops Fire Centre.

But while the precipitation helped with upper fuel layers, fire information officer Kelsey Winter says there wasn’t enough of it to reach the deeper levels where lightning can strike.

Winter says the Kamloops Fire Centre continues to find lightning holdovers, and discovered six new fires on the weekend. Four were the result of lightning strikes and two were human – one an abandoned campfire and another one still under investigation. All were spot-sized fires.

Temperatures are expected to begin climbing again Wednesday as an upper ridge of high pressure is building again and will bring another long stretch of warm, dry weather.

 

Meanwhile, favourable weather conditions have led to a significant decrease in fire behaviour at the Bolean Lake wildfire, five kilometres north of Falkland.