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‘Out of control’ wildfire extends outside Lytton, B.C.

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Key takeaways: 

  • The Nohomin Creek fire rose to 17 square kilometers Sunday afternoon.
  • Firefighters said Sunday that more excellent conditions overnight allowed them to tackle the fire.

A wildfire deemed “out of control” simply northwest of Lytton, B.C., has extended since Sunday morning, despite the non-stop actions of dozens of firefighters and favorable overnight climate.

The Nohomin Creek wildfire, which began Thursday, rose to 17 square kilometers Sunday afternoon — an almost 14 percent increase in size — despite being related by officials as “steady” a day earlier.

According to Lytton First Nation, the blaze has resulted in numerous evacuation orders and burned at least ten structures.

The B.C. Wildfire Service had said conditions were advantageous earlier Sunday, as firefighters tackled the enormous fire 1.7 kilometers outside Lytton, which was all but destroyed last year in a wildfire.

Ninety-five people were getting evacuation support as of Saturday.

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A wildfire deemed “out of control” simply northwest of Lytton, B.C., has extended since Sunday morning, despite the non-stop actions of dozens of firefighters and favorable overnight climate

“Growth has been observed up-slope on the west side,” the service said Sunday afternoon on its website.

A representative for the local service said Sunday morning that more excellent states had helped them overnight. Dozens of firefighters, including some from the Lytton First Nation, are battling the fire with the aid of choppers and aircrews.

“We can get in other resources as we require them,” Nicole Bonnett, a fire information officer, said Sunday. “And so we’ll be able to … react accordingly.”

The fire stays “out of control,” which means the fire could persist in growing. It is burning over four times the size of Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Bonnett said forces are attacking the fire on the north side and trying to stop the fire extended to the south, near the Stein Valley.

B.C. Parks have partially shut down the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park because of the fire. 

Source – CBC News

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