Lightning linked to vast majority of B.C. wildfires, including two new ones beside Harrison Lake

The small blazes broke out in the woods in the northern section, quite far from the resort of Harrison Hot Springs

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      There are currently 245 fires burning across B.C., with lightning the suspected cause in 168 of them.

      They include two small lightning-triggered blazes in the forest on the northern portion of Harrison Lake. 

      "No fires have been reported on the southern portion of the lake," the B.C. Wildfire Service tweeted on Saturday (July 31).

      Harrison Lake is 60 kilometres long, making it the largest lake in the southern Coast Mountains. At the southern end is the resort of Harrison Hot Springs, which is 95 kilometres east of Vancouver.

      Of much greater concern right now is the Garrison Lake wildfire 33 kilometres southwest of Princeton.

      The B.C. Wildfire Service tweeted that it's grown to 8,175 hectares, resulting in an evacuation order for residents of Eastgate.

      Large amounts of smoke are being produced by this fire.

      So far this year, more than 5,000 square kilometres have burned in B.C. due to wildfires.

      Anyone who sees a column of smoke is being asked to report it to 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.