Crews make progress on Lytton wildfire, evacuation order rescinded

By James Peters / Chad Harris
September 2, 2016 - 10:57am Updated: September 2, 2016 - 2:34pm

KAMLOOPS — Firefighters in the Lytton area are beginning to get the upper hand over the South Spencer Road fire near the community.

Fire Information Officer Max Birkner says the fire is still mapped at about 500 hectares, but crews are gaining more containment.

"There are 91 firefighters today, and five pieces of heavy equipment, and five helicopters that are assigned to the fire. Air tanker support is available if it is needed," explained Birkner.

Birkner says there has been a mix of sun and cloud in the Lytton area this morning, but some precipitation is expected this afternoon.

The occupants of 16 homes on Lytton First Nation territory can return home this afternoon.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has rescinded an evacuation order issued Wednesday in response to the South Spencer Road wildfire.

Officials say containment on the blaze has now reached 50 per cent.

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