The B.C. Wildfire Service is attacking a new wildfire just 1.7 kilometres outside of Lytton, deploying multiple ground crews, helicopters and air tankers to gain control over the spreading two hectare blaze.
“Fire behaviour is being influenced by gusty winds in the area,” the BCWS warned in a tweet Thursday afternoon. “This is a dynamic situation and updates will be provided as they become available.”
The BCWS reports the Nohonim Creek fire was sparked at 12:45 p.m., and the cause of the fire is unknown.
The fire is located on the west side of the Fraser River, across from the village of Lytton which was destroyed by a raging wildfire a little over a year ago.
The <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCWildfire?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#BCWildfire</a> Service is responding to the Nohomin Creek wildfire (K70580) located approximately 1.7 km northwest of Lytton, on the west side of the Fraser River. The fire is estimated at two hectares in size. Fire behaviour is being influenced by gusty winds in the area. <a href=”https://t.co/qTIxrZfBsa”>pic.twitter.com/qTIxrZfBsa</a>
Homes and property on the west shore, part of the Lytton First Nation Reserve, largely escaped any damage at the time.
Photos of this latest fire show a large plume of smoke rising from land, with structures in the fire’s path. The Lytton ferry, currently out of service because of high Fraser River stream flows, is located nearby.
View from east side near gas station, looking to west side. Water bombers now on site. <a href=”https://t.co/8t8I8nmqXn”>pic.twitter.com/8t8I8nmqXn</a>
Road access to the area is limited. West shore residents have been crossing the Fraser River by foot, over a CN rail bridge, for weeks now.
The B.C. Hydro website reports power for the municipality of Lytton has been out since 1:16 p.m. Crews are expected to arrive at 5:15 p.m. There are currently 112 people without power.