Rain helped shrink forest fires, but lightning sparked a few

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Rain and cooler weather has brought relief to crews fighting wildfires, but don’t let your guard down.

Fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says lightening strikes overnight led to 13 new fires.

“Thankfully, though, the fires were all contained at well under a hectare in size – most of them spot-sized fires.”

Skrepnek is cautioning people that high temperatures are coming again in the next few days so this is just a brief break.

He says campfire bans remain in place in the Cariboo and most of the Kamloops fire centres.

Meanwhile, an evacuation order has been lifted for people living in Murray Lake north of Lytton.

The residents had been told to leave their homes because of the 340-hectare Maka-Murray wildfire, which is now 45 per cent contained.

No evacuation alerts are in place either.

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