This from Fire Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy as members of the Rocky Mountain Unit Crew and Columbia Unit Crew help battle the 4,200 hectare blaze near Cache Creek.
There are 20 personnel in each unit crew, while three members make up a spot crew.
Shaughnessy explains all of their members are considered provincial resources so even if they are based in the Cranbrook zone they can be dispersed throughout BC when needed.
28 small wildfires, all under a hectare, started in the region overnight Monday and most of them were caused by lightning.
Shaughnessy calls that a “significant hit” as the region faced heavy lightning from the storms that rolled through the district.
However, she says the good news is none of the fires are significant and are not threatening any structures or communities.
Two blazes are currently active in the Cranbrook zone, including a 0.04 hectare fire on Lost Dog Forest Service Road north of Kimberley.
Shaughnessy said Tuesday an initial attack crew and helicopter were responding to the site.
More than 200 blazes are currently burning in the province that has pushed over 14 thousand British Columbians from their homes.
Shaughnessy also notes we could be experiencing high levels of smoke in the sky over the next couple of days.
She says the smoke is coming from the fires located in the Prince George, Kamloops and Cariboo fire centres.
– Southeast Fire Centre Information Officer Karlie Shaughnessy