British Columbia

Lillooet-area fire 60 % contained as rain starts to fall

Rain in the Lillooet area has helped emergency crews get control of a wildfire that has forced two homes to be put on evacuation alert.

Cooler weather, water bomber support and 'burning off' operations help firefighters get the upper hand

The 30-hectare fire burning near Lillooet is now 60 per cent contained. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

Cooler weather and rain in the Lillooet area has helped emergency crews make progress on a wildfire that forced homes to be put on evacuation alert.

According to Kamloops fire information officer Max Birkner, the 30-hectare fire is now 60 per cent contained.

"It was raining up there this morning which is helping out with suppression efforts," said Birkner. "The fire is displaying a real low level of activity now. It's mostly moving along the ground — picture a slowly smoldering ground fire with just a lot of black areas and smoke."

The evacuation alert issued for two homes less than a kilometre away from the fire remains in place. 

Close to 50 firefighters and support staff are working on the fire, which is burning eight kilometres east of Lillooet. 

Birkner says it's too early to say when, and if, the fire will be contained.

"It's a fire, it's unpredictable," he said. "The firefighters did a burning off operation yesterday where they took out a lot of that ripe fuel that was in the fire's path and they're going to do the same thing this morning."