British Columbia

Lytton wildfire 15 per cent contained

Firefighters have now managed to contain about 15 per cent of a large wildfire burning south of Lytton, B.C.

Fire slightly reduced in size from Friday, but still covers 12.8 square kilometers

This shot taken Friday shows how smoke from the Lytton wildfire could be seen as far away as Merritt, Kamloops and Vernon. (CBC)

Firefighters have now managed to contain about 15 per cent of a large wildfire burning south of Lytton, B.C.

The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch says there was no significant growth in the fire Saturday morning and the blaze is now about 12.8 square kilometres in size.

A spokeswoman said about 6.7 millimetres of rain fell on the fire Friday, but warned winds and warmer temperatures could quickly change the situation.

Crews dig out a fire guard to prevent fiery pine cones falling from trees spreading the flames. (Jeff Harrington/CBC)

High winds have been carrying heavy smoke throughout southern B.C. The fire is visible from Merritt, Kamloops and Vernon.

One home has been destroyed while 10 others remain under an evacuation order issued by the Lytton First Nation.

About 88 firefighters, seven helicopters and three pieces of heavy equipment have been brought in to battle the blaze.

MAP: Lytton, B.C.

With files from Jeff Harrington


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