Clacks of thunder late Tuesday in Trail also brought lightning that sparked a small wildfire near the eastside water tower.
Six firefighters responded to an emergency call that came into Trail Station 374 shortly after 11 p.m.
Captain Greg Ferraby described the blaze, located at the Sunningdale water tower ridge, as 100 feet by 100 feet.
“The fire was caused by a lightning strike to a tree,” he reported in a Wednesday media release.
Ferraby lists the fire as under control by 12:30 a.m.
Across the province there’s been 541 wildfires reported, 82 of those in the Southeast Fire Centre. Of the 12,200 total hectares burned in B.C. since the season started April 1, only 114 hectares are in the southeast district.
The fire danger rating is moderate, which means forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting. All forest activities should be carried out with caution.
There are currently no forest use restrictions or a campfire ban in place for the southeast. However, open fires that are larger than two metres high by three metres wide (Category 3) have been prohibited since June.