Dozens of firefighters arrived in Kamloops on Saturday to help local crews battle blazes anticipated during Sunday and Monday lightning storms.
As of Sunday afternoon, 10 fire starts were noted throughout B.C., including one spot fire southwest of Monte Creek. Those flames were extinguished quickly, but an investigation is underway following suspicions it was human caused.
Meanwhile, 36 Ontario firefighters came to Kamloops, 23 Yukon firefighters travelled to Williams Lake and 21 more from Saskatchewan arrived in Abbotsford over the weekend.
They joined the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch in bracing for action in high and extreme fire hazard zones.
"We're pre-positioning crews to bolster up all of our response capacities in those areas," said Michaela Swan, Kamloops Fire Centre information officer on Sunday afternoon.
Although lightning storms have come and gone throughout the summer without requiring extra firefighting crews, the heat and dry weather over the past few weeks have made forests more volatile, said Swan.
"The risk is higher now. We've kind of been in the low to moderate. And the lightning strikes we got in the earlier in July did come with significant amount of rain."
The campfire ban established on Friday in the Kamloops Fire Centre except Clearwater was successfully enforced throughout the weekend, even though not all campers got the message, said Swan.
"From the fire warden patrols we had, compliance has been really good. Anyone found with a campfire was extinguishing no problem," she said. "Now we're really in the process of getting the signs up and the word out because people who are camping right now might not have been reading the newspaper over the last few days."
Anyone spotting signs of a forest fire is asked to call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phone.