In the last 48 hours, 48 new wildfires have started across the Coastal Fire Centre’s region, all attributed to natural causes.
The fire centre told CHEK News on Wednesday that 35 of the starts were on Vancouver Island and on the Mid-Coast.
A number of the new out-of-control wildfires are under one hectare, according to the BC Wildfire Service map.
This comes just one day after lightning strikes caused 18 wildfires across the Island Monday night.
A whooping 2,600 lightning strikes hit Vancouver Island and the mid-coast between Monday and Tuesday morning.
The Coastal Fire Centre said it is monitoring the new fires.
“Most of these are considered to be back country fires,” said Kimberly Kelly, community engagement specialist with the BC Wildfire Service, on Tuesday. “They are not threatening any values. They are burning in extreme terrain.”
With files from Mary Griffin.