Wildfire near Lillooet explodes in size

By James Peters / Jill Sperling
May 29, 2017 - 4:32pm Updated: May 29, 2017 - 5:32pm

LILLOOET, B.C. — The Fountain Valley Road wildfire near Lillooet has exploded in size.

The BC Wildfire Service says the blaze just east of Lillooet is now listed at 30 hectares and is out of control.

Fire Information Officer Claire Allen says dozens of firefighters are taking up the fight.

"Right now we have 20 firefighters along with eight support staff, two helicopters, and two water tenders working on the fire, and we have dispatched 19 more firefighters to the incident. What crews are doing right now is they are establishing hose-lay, and water delivery systems around the fire. They are going to be preparing to do burn-off operations tomorrow," explained Allen.

Allen notes a pair of homes are not far away, though the danger to those homes is not imminent.

"There are currently two homes on evacuation alert from the regional district. They are not currently threatened at this time. They are close to the fire, but the fire does not appear to be growing in that direction so we have not recommended any upgrading of that evacuation alert at this time."

She adds it's unclear what caused the blaze.

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