Lytton fire continues to spread despite rain
The rain is no match for fire, which has grown to 1,500 hectares overnight
A fire near Lytton, B.C., continues to spread despite fire crews' hope that rainfall on Friday morning would help contain the flames.
The fire grew overnight to 1,500 hectares on Friday morning, up from 1,300 hectares on Thursday afternoon. Although there has been rain in the area, strong winds continue to fuel the fire.
"It did grow significantly yesterday due to the steep terrain, hot and dry conditions and gusty winds," said fire information officer Kayla Pepper.
The fire started at around 12 p.m. PT Thursday, and grew quickly.
The wildfire management branch now has 60 firefighters on the scene, and many of them worked through the night. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the blaze, which has destroyed at least one structure.
The Lytton First Nations Band has issued an evacuation order for 10 homes, and another 65 properties are still on alert — which means they could be told to leave at any time. A reception centre was set up at the Parish Hall in Lytton for those forced from their homes.
'He just left with the shirt on his back'
Ricky Brigman says one of her friends had to evacuate his home across the river.
"His house is probably gone by the looks of it, but we don't know for sure," she said. "He just left with the shirt on his back."
Debbie Abbott, a council member of Lytton First Nation, says the wildfire has made life hectic and stressful for residents.
"People were not wanting to leave their homes but we did encourage them to be aware of the fact that there will be some evacuations and others on alert," she said.
The fire has been generating a lot of smoke, which is being carried throughout the region. Crews will be watching for high winds Friday, as a cold front will be moving through the region which may bring erratic winds.
Residents, however, did get some good news.
"The fire actually went up the hill rather than coming into the community itself, so were feeling pretty good about it," said Abbott.
With files from Jesse Johnston