Wildfire sparks near Lytton, B.C.

By James Peters / Chad Harris
May 18, 2016 - 2:24pm

LYTTON, B.C. — The biggest fire in the Kamloops Fire Centre right now sprang up yesterday just south of Lytton.

Fire Information Officer Rachel Witt says the Kanaka Bar Fire currently maps at four hectares in size.

"The first report that came in for this fire was yesterday afternoon, and we were quick to action on it, and we even had 30 personal who went to the fire yesterday, 10 of them being industry. It is believed to be a human caused fire, but there are fire cause investigators on the scene today," said Witt.

Witt says the fire is close to railway tracks, but it hasn't been positively determined that a train sparked the blaze.

"It's right near the railroad tracks, and that is a value that is at risk, however at this time it is still under investigation."

She notes the fire danger rating is moderate to high, with pockets of extreme, and even though it's cloudy, people should be careful with potential ignition sources.

"The fire danger rating is currently moderate to high, so even though the weather might seem like it's cooling off, we just want to remind people that we are at risk of wildfires, so to please use extreme caution because the fire danger rating around that area is high, and there has been some pockets of extreme."

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