A thunderstorm that tracked through the Kamloops Fire Centre yesterday resulted in 18 new lightning-caused wildfires across the region.

The BC Wildfire Service anticipates more fires will be discovered from recent thunderstorms, and is asking for the public to report any wildfires by calling *5555 on your cellular phone or toll-free at 1-800-663-5555.

Thunderstorms with varying amounts of rain are in the forecast for the next few days, but a return to warm and dry conditions is expected.

The fire danger rating is still “high to extreme” across most of the fire centre.

The largest of the 18 new wildfires is located about 20 kilometres south of Princeton off the Smith Creek Forest Service Road.

The fire grew to 24 hectares in size and 13 firefighters responded to it. Airtankers attempted to action the fire but were unable to as a result of poor weather. As of this morning it is 50 per cent contained.

The other lightning-caused fires include a 7.2 hectare fire near Hat Creek Ranch, north of Cache Creek, which is now contained, and a five hectare wildfire burning near Chuwanten Mountain, east of Manning Park.

That fire is now 20 per cent contained and 20 firefighters remain on site making good progress.

The Kamloops Fire Centre has responded to 212 wildfires burning a total of 3,610 hectares since April 1. Of these incidents, 85 were human caused, which makes up about 40 per cent of the wildfires seen this year.