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Wildfire near Lytton still out of control

The George Road wildfire, located seven kilometres south of Lytton, June 18, 2021.
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June 19, 2021 - 11:05 AM

A large wildfire near Lytton is still considered to be out of control this morning.

The George Road wildfire, located roughly seven kilometres south of Lytton, has seen no growth overnight, Sunday June 19 and fire activity is minimal this morning, with cooler temperatures and the wetter day, said B.C. Wildfire Service fire information officer Madison Smith.

The fire is listed as 250 hectares in size as the B.C. Wildfire Service has been able to better track the full size of the fire, she said.

There are 73 firefighters on site today, with two pieces of heavy equipment and nine helicopters dropping water buckets on the fire.

The wildfire was discovered on June 16. While no cause has been determined the wildfire service said it was likely human-caused.

An evacuation alert remains in effect for 10 Thompson-Nicola Regional District properties and for Kitzowit 20 Indian Reserve properties of the Lytton First Nation.

Two other small wildfires located within the Kamloops Fire Centre are now being held and are under control.

The McKay Road wildfire, located northeast of Lytton, reached 0.1 hectares in size yesterday afternoon and was started by a structure fire that spread to surrounding vegetation, said fire information officer Aydan Coray.

Today, June 19, three B.C. Wildfire Service members are responding to the fire which is being held at this time, which means it will not likely spread beyond its existing boundaries, she said. 

The Inks Lake fire, located off of the Coquihalla, is under control and there was no growth overnight. It remains at 0.5 hectares in size and the cause is still undetermined but 10 wildfire personnel will be at the scene today who will be monitoring for hotspots and conducting mop-up activity, Coray said.

The cause is still undetermined at this time. 


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