Fighting a wildfire in Lytton are crews.
A new wildfire that is currently 200 hectares in size and is only 1.7 kilometers outside of Lytton, British Columbia, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Taylor MacDonald from the Kamloops Fire Centre reported that the fire was still burning at a "moderate pace."
According to her, "this event is still categorized as out of control and it is exhibiting more active fire behavior."
Just before 6:30 p.m., the Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 24 residences nearby. Later, it issued an evacuation alert for 31 additional properties to the north of the fire, asking residents to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.
A number of reservations, including Nohomeen Indian Reserve 23, Papyum Indian Reserves 27 and 27A, Lytton Indian Reserve 27, Papyum Graveyard 27, and Stryen Indian Reserve 9, west of Stein River, were also ordered to evacuate by the Lytton First Nation.
To try to contain the expanding fire, numerous ground troops, helicopters, and air tankers have been sent out.
John Haugen, the deputy chief of the Lytton First Nation, reported that by late afternoon, roughly nine residents of his village had left their houses.
Three elders are directly in the path of the fire, and the man stated, "We're working to make sure they're safe and that we can put the fire out as quickly as we can."
According to Emergency Management BC's Pader Brach, executive director of regional operations, several buildings may already be demolished.
Approximately three structures may have been lost, according to reports, but this hasn't been confirmed, he said.
Landline and mobile service is not accessible in Lytton and the locations close to Boston Bar and Spences Bridge, according to a statement from EComm, the majority of the province's 911 emergency communication operator. However, Brach added the disruption is thought to be unrelated to the fire.
On June 30, 2021, a wildfire raged through Lytton, killing two people and obliterating the majority of the community.
"The events of 2021 and its effects on the Lytton First Nation and the village of Lytton are foremost in our minds. Safety for the workers and the currently impacted residents is our first priority, Schweitzer said.
"Since wildfires are dynamic occurrences, we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.
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