UPDATED: Thunderstorm risk ENDED for southeast B.C.

THUNDERSTORM RISK ENDED –  For all southeast BC weather and travel info click here.

On Friday Environment Canada called for dry lightning Saturday & Sunday. Rain pushed through parts of southeast BC this morning (Saturday July 15). For all southeast BC weather and travel info click here.

Issued by Environment Canada @ 4PM Saturday July 15th.

Tonight Saturday July 15 Partly cloudy. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Local smoke. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light late this evening. Wind becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 after midnight. Low 14.
Sun, 16 Jul Mainly sunny. Local smoke. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming southwest 20 gusting to 40 near noon. High 28. UV index 8 or very high.
Night Clear. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 then light near midnight. Low 9.

Canadian Lightning Danger Map – Pacific (above)

CASTLEGAR July 14 – With dry lightning and gusty winds in the weather forecast, the BC Wildfire Service is encouraging people to be extremely cautious and remain vigilant when out in the backcountry to avoid sparking human-caused wildfires.

The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing very dry conditions and elevated fire danger ratings. The fire danger rating is “high” to “extreme” throughout the region.

The Southeast Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its support and understanding throughout this busy and challenging fire season, and for continuing to report wildfires and open burning violations to the Wildfire Reporting Hotline at 1 800 663-5555 (toll-free) or *5555 on a cellphone.

For information on air quality, as well as smoke forecasts for Western Canada, visit the BC Air Quality website: www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.html

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

* on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* on Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Special weather statement in effect: Windy weekend across the BC Interior – Wind gusts to 70 km/h

RDCK Encourages Residents to be Prepared for Wildfire Season