June 24, 2015 - 11:30 AM
LYTTON - Crews have managed to create a perimeter around much of the Cisco Road fire near Lytton, which is now 70 per cent contained.
Crews have fully contained the north, east and south sides of the fire, which is still estimated at 1,885 hectares, and while the west side is not contained it is bordered by alpine, which creates a natural fire guard.
Some 170 firefighters continue to work on hot spots in the fire’s perimeter with the north side of the fire continuing to be a top priority because it is closest to structures. They are being aided by seven helicopters, two pieces of heavy equipment and support staff. It is expected resources will start be pulled from the fire later this week.
The evacuation alert for the area was rescinded earlier this week. Alerts and orders were put in place not long after the discovery of the fire, which grew from 150 ha to 1,300 ha within several hours on June 11. Evacuation orders for several properties remained in place for more than a week before being downgraded to an alert. In total about 60 properties were on alert until Monday, June 22.
The Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park remains open but is on fire alert and the Lytton Ferry is open to local traffic only.
The wildfire, just south of Lytton, remains highly visible from the village, Highway 1 and surrounding communities.
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