Lightning strikes lead to new Sea to Sky fires 

Four small spot fires ignited overnight

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The BC Wildfire Service is responding to four small spot fires near Whistler and Pemberton.

The fires are all about 0.01 hectares in size, and all four are suspected to be lightning caused.

"We had a bunch of lightning strikes last night, and a bunch of fires have been reported, and we're trying to action them all today," said Dorthe Jakobsen, fire information officer with the Coastal Fire Centre.

One of the fires near Whistler, in the Callaghan Valley, is already under control, Jakobsen said.

"It was a spot lightning fire, probably last night overnight," she said.

"The second one is near Brandywine Mountain, and we will be actioning that today. It was reported as a lightning fire as well."

Meanwhile, a wildfire between Lions Bay and Horseshoe Bay is now 100-per-cent contained, though traffic is still being impacted on Highway 99.

Drive BC is reporting that northbound traffic is diverted to one southbound lane at Ansell Place, with one lane in each direction on the southbound side.

Drivers are asked to watch for traffic control and expect delays due to congestion.

Check www.drivebc.ca for updates.

Residents and visitors are reminded to report all fires in Whistler immediately by dialing 911. Fires outside of Whistler should be reported to the BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 toll-free on most cell networks.

Stay up to date on the local wildfire situation at www.bcwildfire.ca.

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