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UPDATE: Fire near Lytton that reduced Highway 1 to one lane now contained

Smoke can be seen from the Botanie Mt. webcam located 10 kilometres north of Lytton
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June 30, 2016 - 1:24 PM

KAMLOOPS - Highway 1 south of  Lytton is down to a single lane as a nearby wildfire burns but the fire is now contained.

The fire is roughly four kilometres south of Lytton, fire information officer Rachel Witt says. Over the afternoon it grew to seven hectares in size, but is now in mop up stage.

The fire is quite close to the highway, Witt says, adding 35 firefighting personnel are on the ground with a helicopter working the fire from the air.

Four tankers had been working on the fire earlier in the day, she says, but are done now. The fire's behaviour is no longer considered aggressive and crews are in the mop up phase.

No structures are threatened by the wildfire and no evacuation alerts or notices have been issued.

The fire is believed to be human-caused, but is under investigation.

Drive B.C. is reporting Highway 1 has a single lane open for traffic in alternating directions two kilometres south of Lytton because of the fire.

— This story was updated at 3:18 p.m. June 30 with new information from Drive B.C. 

— This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. June 30 with new information from Rachel Witt.

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