The Regional District of Central Kootenay has placed 135 properties between Sitkum Creek and Crescent Bay on the North Shore under evacuation alert due to two new wildfires near Kokanee Creek.

The RDCK said the notice is “due to weather conditions and the fire’s close proximity to some homes.”

The lightning-caused fires, discovered Saturday, has grown to 70 hectares. Six airtankers have been working on the fire along with 20 firefighters.

The BC Wildfire Service says the fire is burning in “steep and difficult terrain.”

The fire did not grow significantly overnight.

Overall, lightning started 14 more fires throughout the Southeast Fire Centre on Saturday. Most are in high alpine areas and are not immediately threatening any communities or structures.