UPDATE: Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that a shift in the wind during the overnight hours has caused the smoke from fires burning north of Fort St. John to drift over the city. She said that so far this morning, crews conducting aerial patrols have not noticed any new fires caused by last night’s lightning storm.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and dry weather in the Peace Region on Wednesday resulted in a massive thunderstorm rolling into Fort St. John last night, and has been replaced with a smoky-smelling haze.

Shortly before 11:00 p.m., a thunderstorm moved over Fort St. John from the South Peace, which brought brief heavy downpours and a large number of lightning strikes. The North Peace Airport weather station recorded a trace of precipitation before midnight last night.

On Thursday morning, a large smoky-smelling haze was observed over Fort St. John, with other reports via social media of smoky skies near Mile 57 and in the Tower Lake area south of the Peace River. The BC Wildfire Service has not reported any new fires in the Peace Region on its map of fire locations.

The high pressure ridge saw the all-time May 23rd temperature record broken in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Chetwynd yesterday.