Lytton wildfire remains out of control, service says

Lytton, B.C.

British Columbia’s wildfire service said Thursday it was bringing 21 more crews to fight a wildfire that broke out two kilometers northwest of Lytton across the Fraser River.

This brought a total of 4 units of personnel to the site, he said, adding that 15 structural protection specialists and several helicopters were being mobilized to help control the fire.

He says there were fewer fires Friday into Saturday as winds calmed down, but the steep terrain remains challenging.

The blaze, which burned an estimated 1,500 acres and burned at least half a dozen homes, comes a year after another wildfire burned most of Litton and displaced many residents who have yet to return home.

Officials said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

State Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Friday that neither the village of Lytton nor any other communities are currently in the fire’s path, and no injuries have been reported.

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

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