Environment Canada predicts thunderstorms increase the risk of fire inside British Columbia


Helicopter pilots are preparing to drop water into a burning wildfire on July 2, 2021 in Lytton, British Columbia. (Canadian Press / Darryl Dyck)

Litton, British Columbia — Heavy thunderstorms are expected in some areas of the endorheic region of southern British Columbia, increasing the risk of fires in the state.

The Canadian Ministry of the Environment states that at least eight regions of the state are well-suited for very strong winds, hail and heavy rains.

Dangerous heat waves are increasing weather distress in several places, including Fraser Canyon, which was wiped out by a fire last week after the Lytton community set record highs.

Air quality is a problem in many of these same areas, and wildfire smoke is projected to drift in the same area for the next few days.

According to the Wildfire Service, as of Monday afternoon, there were 199 wildfires in BC and at least 46 in the last two days.

Evacuation orders have been issued for five of these wildfires. This includes wildfires near Lytton, which covered 76 square kilometers but did not grow significantly on Sunday or Monday.

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