The B-C Wildfire Service is reporting 50 active wildfires burning in the province as of this morning.
Lightning is the suspected cause of 22 of the fires, 12 are believed to have been started by people, and the cause of the rest is unknown.
The Wildfire Service says most of B-C is currently classified as dry, but Vancouver Island and the Fort Nelson Basin are very dry and could experience above-normal fire conditions.
Despite the Island and Fort Nelson holding down the driest places in the Province, the Kamloops Fire Centre holds the distinction of having the most active fires.
Currently 17 fires are burning in the region, three are suspected to be human causes, two are results of lightning and the other 12 causes are unknown.
Thankfully 12 of the blazes are classified as ‘under control’, while one is ‘being held’ and the final four are still considered new.
The closest fires to Merritt remain the under control Stump Lake blaze, and the pair of fires out towards Lytton, both of which are also under control.
In terms of the new blazes, three of the four are located south of Merritt, near Princeton and Bromley Rock Provincial Park. The three fires in that area are all 0.01 hectares. The final new blaze is at Bear Creek in the Shuswap Highland.
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