Wildfire near Lytton remains out of control over 1,500 hectares: BCWS


LYTTON, B.C. – The British Columbia Wildfire Service announced it was calling in another 21-person crew to help fight a wildfire that broke out Thursday nearly two kilometers north of the northwest of Lytton, across the Fraser River.

That brings the total to four unit teams on site, and the service says 15 structure protection specialists and several helicopters are also on call to help contain the blaze.

It says there was minimal fire growth overnight Friday through Saturday as winds were calm, but steep terrain continues to be a challenge.

The blaze, which has grown to around 1,500 acres and burned at least half a dozen homes, comes just over a year after another wildfire scorched most of Lytton and displaced many residents who have not yet returned home.

Officials say the cause of the fire is currently unknown but is being investigated.

Provincial Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Friday that neither the Village of Lytton nor any other community is currently in the path of the fire and no injuries have been reported.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 16, 2022.


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