Two initial attack crews and a helicopter are battling a five hectare wildfire east of Elko.
The BC Wildfire Service discovered the blaze, which was caused by lightning, Wednesday in the remote Shepp Creek area roughly 35 km outside the community.
The Southeast Fire Centre’s Karlie Shaughnessy says the fire is not threatening any communities or structures at this time.
She says they hope to have it under control Thursday but weather may bring challenges.
Shaughnessy explains they’re expecting thunderstorms and spotty showers in the area.
She notes with thunderstorms comes the chance of increased winds which could help spread the fire, so crews are going in prepared for the conditions.
Two initial attack crews and a single unit crew are also tackling a 3.5 hectare wildfire 22 km northeast of Creston.
Shaughnessy says members are making good progress on the fire.
131 wildfires have burned 140 hectares in the Southeast District since April 1st.
91 of those were lightning caused.
This compares to 49 fires and 360 hectares burned at this time last year.
– The Southeast Fire Centre’s Karlie Shaughnessy