Hot, dry conditions lead to dozens of new B.C. wildfires

Trees burned by a wildfire are seen in Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday, July 31, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

By The Canadian Press, August 8, 2017 

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A combination of lightning and tinder-dry conditions has led to more than two dozen new wildfires starting in British Columbia over a two-day period.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said the majority of the 17 fires that started Monday were the result of lightning.

Another 11 fires had started by midday Tuesday, bringing the total number of fires currently burning in the province to 146.

Since April, there have been 928 fires and just over 500 of them have been confirmed to be naturally caused while another 364 were human caused.

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