Crews make progress on Lytton wildfire, evacuation order rescinded

by Edgar Hayes September 4, 2016, 0:09
Crews make progress on Lytton wildfire, evacuation order rescinded

Other wildfires include three new Sanca Creek - south of Sanca, on Twin Bays Forest Service Road and another in Twin Bays Area - one near Gray Creek; three near Salmo - east of the Salmo Golf Course, Quartz Creek, Keystone Mountain and Slocan, Crusader Creek. Airtankers, a helicopter and initial attack crews are working on site.

The fire is located directly across the river from the Village of Lytton.

The fire was sparked Wednesday near the CN works yard and its rapid growth prompted evacuation orders for 16 properties on the west side of the river.

BC Wildfire Service says the fire is about 12 hectares in size and is displaying "rank 3" behaviour, which is a fire with moderate rate of spread and some candling.

Birkner says there has been a mix of sun and cloud in the Lytton area this morning, but some precipitation is expected this afternoon.

Max Birkener with the B.C. Wildfire Service says despite cooler weather overnight, the winds also fanned the flames.

Lytton itself isn't threatened, though more than 40 homes remain under evacuation alert in the Lytton First Nation and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

The cause of the fire continues to be investigated, but it's believed to be human-caused.

"We are seeing quite aggressive fire behavior", said Winter.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District ordered the evacuation of 16 homes, on the west side of the river.

Two helicopters, four air tankers and 44 firefighters are now fighting the blaze.

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