Lytton wildfire

Update -- July 21

The Botanie Road Fire was most recently mapped at 1,389 hectares, slightly smaller than yesterday, and is now 5 per cent contained.

There was a five person crew on the fire last night and it was also patrolled overnight. 

Monday brought 121 people back onsite, assisted by seven helicopters and eight pieces of heavy equipment. 

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

An evacuation order remains in place for 120 people within the Thompson Nicola Regional district. 

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at the Parish Hall in Lytton to provide information. 

Various agencies involved with the Botanie Creek Wildfire will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions regarding the wildfire.

The Parish Hall is located at 140-7th Street in Lytton.

Original Story -- July 20

The 15-square-kilometre fire near Lytton remains completely uncontained and the steep terrain is proving to be a concern for firefighters, said David Steeves of the BC Wildfire Management Centre.

The fire remains the same size it did Saturday, he said.

The blaze has forced out approximately 120 people from their homes.

There is no word on when they will be allowed to return.

Cooler weather and rainfall in parts of British Columbia have helped to quell wildfires across the province, but some areas in the southern and central interior are still facing an extreme danger rating.

Navi Saini, another spokeswoman for the fire management branch, says there were six new fire starts Saturday and one Sunday morning.

She says the weekend, though, has been "relatively quiet," so the department is hopeful the 151 active fires are diminishing in number and magnitude.

An extreme danger rating indicates a "very serious" fire risk where new fires start and spread easily.

Saini adds that in general, the danger rating across BC has dropped.

She says there are more than 1,300 firefighters working across the province.


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