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Hope arise in the reconstruction of Lytton, B.C., months after wildfire devastation


Key takeaways: 

  • Mayor tells the devastated neighborhood can reconstruct differently, but it must weigh prices and time.
  • Destroyed structures in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire ruined most of the village on June 30. 

Reconstructions’ are expected after wildfire’s devastation: 

Denise O’Connor is back in Lytton, B.C., staying in the home she spent her youth years.

But it’s not where she lived the last summer when a wildfire cleaned through the Fraser Canyon village and demolished nearly everything in its path, including the house with a river view where O’Connor, 63, stayed for almost 30 years.

“I’m not joking; I couldn’t consider what I was seeing with the smoke,” she stated in an interview.  Source –

“I saw trees on the blaze. I could tell structures were on fire. I grabbed several things, and we got in the vehicle and left.” Source –

The fire on June 30 shouted through Lytton just one day after the temperature in the village struck an all-time Canadian high of 49.6 C.

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Lytton gets rays of hope after several months of destruction from wildfire

After staying in a motel in Kamloops, a temporary holiday rental in Merritt, and with her daughter in Quesnel, O’Connor stated she returned to Lytton in the fall with her spouse, Chris. They shifted into her father’s house, which was missed by the fire.

“Everywhere we lived, it wasn’t home,” she stated. Source –

O’Connor said that the probability of future homecomings for Lytton citizens lately took a step ahead after almost seven months of inertia from the regional and provincial governments.

“We’ve been told so many times, shortly, shortly,” expressed O’Connor, who has increased worries regarding the recovery process since the fire. “It’s going to occur soon. It never has. It’s moved way too gradually.” Source –

Lytton Mayor Jan Polderman stated he became emotional at a recent council meeting when he declared a B.C. government grant of $8.3 million to back ongoing operations and healing for the village.

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