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UPDATE: Wildfire near Lytton now 50 per cent contained; residents to start returning home

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September 02, 2016 - 2:27 PM

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2

The South Spencer Road fire is now 50 per cent contained and wildfire crews are getting a better idea of how large it is.

The estimated size of the fire south of Lytton is now 532 hectares, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. No new growth has occurred in the last 12 hours.

The evacuation orders from Lytton First Nation and Thompson Nicola Regional District are expected to be rescinded around 3 p.m. today, Sept. 2.

However, the evacuation alerts are still in place, and residents should expect to be ready to leave again at a moment's notice.

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11:31 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2

LYTTON - Fire crews are still battling the 500-hectare South Spencer Road fire south of Lytton today, but they've made significant progress on containing the fire.

B.C. Wildfire Service fire information officer Max Birkner says more than 90 firefighters are on scene today, Sept. 2.

"It's not really moving anymore," Birkner says. "It's gotten to be at a place where it has stopped moving essentially."

The fire is now 40 per cent contained, but it is still 500 hectares in size. Several homes remain under evacuation orders or alerts.

"Overnight firefighters continued to patrol the fire, establish water delivery systems and construct bulldozer containment lines," B.C. Wildfire Service says on its website. "Today, firefighters will continue their direct attack, and will construct fuel-free areas and guards."

The website also says smoke will still be visible around the area today.

Find past stories on the South Spencer Road fire here.

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