Heat wave coming to B.C. this week

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Higher temperatures this week are expected to increase the risk of forest fires in southern B.C.

The forecast from Environment Canada calls for highs of 35 and 36 degrees in Kamloops every day this week.

Temperatures will reach similar levels in the Okanagan.

In Lytton, the thermometer will peak at 37 degrees on Thursday (July 31) and Friday (August 1).

In Grand Forks, it's expected to reach 38 degrees on Wednesday (July 30).

According to the B.C. government's wildfire management branch, there are 12 "wildfires of note" across B.C.

The largest is the 52,000-hectare Chelaslie River fire in the Bulkley-Nechako area. It was caused by lightning, and there's an evacuation order for cabin owners in Entiako Provincial Park.

The worst interface fire of the season occurred in Smith Creek in West Kelowna. It's now 100 percent contained over a 280-hectare area.

Go here for information on fire prohibitions across the province.

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