The Sparks Lake wildfire burning within a guard, pictured July 27.
As rain fell on the massive Sparks Lake wildfire on Saturday night, the weather system also brought lightning, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
The BC Wildfire Service said ground and air crews were on the ground Sunday morning to assess new outbreaks of fire or fire growth on the large blaze northwest of Kamloops.
Over the past few days, the wildfire – now estimated at 77,101 hectares – has not seen significant growth, as it consumed largely unburned fuel between the blaze and the rangers in the northeast and the North-west.
The fire swept through a large area northwest of Kamloops, between Kamloops Lake to the south and Young Lake and Bonaparte Park to the north.
“The fire merged with the south heel of the Young Lake fire and the two IMT [Incident Management Teams] and the crews are working together to make sure machine guards are built in the northeast, ”said the BC Wildfire Service.
“Some planned ignitions may occur throughout the weekend and early this week during the forecast for milder fire conditions to burn off unburned fuel remaining between the guards and the fire. “
Some evacuation orders issued due to the Sparks Lake wildfire were canceled by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District on Saturday.
Evacuation orders were reduced to alerts for 60 properties along Deadman-Vidette Road, Sabiston Creek Forest Service Road, Tranquille-Criss Creek Road, Seven Lakes Road and Leblond Road.
Evacuation orders remain in place for other properties.
A complete list and maps of properties subject to evacuation alerts or orders are available on the TNRD website.
The BC Wildfire Service said BC Hydro crews are working tirelessly to restore infrastructure in the burned areas.
“When complete, we will consider recommending removal of prescriptions when it is safe to do so,” the BC Wildfire Service said.
For residents returning home, the BC Wildfire Service said they should be aware that equipment and firefighters are still roaming the roads to access areas north of the blaze.
“Please drive carefully and in the conditions, and slow down in blind spots,” the agency said.