Lytton couple start rebuilding farm that was destroyed in June 30 fire

Rebuilding in Lytton

The walls are up and the roof is going on.

Tricia Thorpe and Don Glasgow have started rebuilding their farm just outside Lytton, two-and-a-half months after it was burned to the ground by the Lytton Creek fire.

The wildfire also wiped out the majority of buildings in the nearby Village of Lytton on June 30, 2021.

“We’ve basically cleaned up for the most part, and we’re starting to build things like the barn,” Tricia told Castanet.

A work crew of friends and family from Peachland arrived at their property last weekend.

“The guys were meeting for coffee one morning and they decided that we needed some help. So my sister kind of took the bull by the horns and organized everything. They all came over Saturday morning, and spent all day Saturday until lunchtime on Sunday working on the barn for us,” said a grateful Thorpe.

They are among the first in the area to start rebuilding. Many on the Lytton First Nation and in the Village of Lytton are still waiting for the go-ahead to begin construction.

Thorpe said they are getting to the barn first so the animals that survived the fire have shelter for the winter. She and Don are staying in a friend’s house nearby.

They also have a new puppy. “He is the baby brother of Thunder, the one that passed away en route to Kamloops when we went in and rescued the animals.” Thorpe named him Lightning.

She said some members of the community who lost less are struggling more. Those who owned homes in the Lytton village site itself have not been allowed to start rebuilding due to concerns related to hazardous materials.

“Our whole world was wiped out, so we have a completely clean slate. Nothing is ever going to be the same for us. But I think people that are still waking up in their own beds and they’ve still got their own house but maybe lost a shop or something like that, I think they’re struggling more because part of their life is the same but part of it is topsy turvy. I think they’re in a little bit of a twilight zone.”

Right now there are very few services close by for those who have returned to Lytton. Thorpe said they have to travel an hour to Lillooet or Ashcroft for supplies.

She misses the little things like being able to go into town to have coffee with her girlfriends but points out that right now they are so busy, they don’t have time to dwell on it.

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