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High temperatures expected to increase wildfire activity near Lytton

The Nohomin Creek wildfire, July 29, 2022.
Image Credit: B.C. Wildfire Service

Wildfire activity near Lytton is expected to increase today with high temperatures.

The Nohomin Creek wildfire is burning roughly two kilometres northwest of Lytton across the Fraser River and is currently mapped at 2,910 hectares in size, a slight decrease from yesterday’s number. Six homes have been destroyed by the wildfire.

Yesterday, fire activity increased mid-day as the region got hotter but helicopters were bucketing steadily through the day and were effective in reducing fire behaviour, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

“Today, temperatures and low humidity are predicted to cause increased fire behaviour upslope of the Stein River. As a result, smoke will continue to be visible from Lytton and surrounding areas.”

Crews are working to establish a sprinkler system north of Seven Mile Creek today and helicopters will continue to drop water on areas with increased fire activity. Steep terrain will also pose a challenge for firefighters.

Structure protection crews are monitoring the sprinkler systems located along the Stein Valley walking path and The Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park is closed due to the wildfire.

There are 89 firefighters, 11 helicopters and three pieces of heavy equipment on site.

Orders and alerts remain in effect from the Thompson Nicola Regional District and Lytton First Nation.


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