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Crews make good progress on Lytton fire

September 2, 2016 8:45 A.M.
South Spencer Road fire is 40 percent contained. (Nicholas Johansen/Castanet)

Lytton hasn’t received the same heavy rainfall as other parts of the southern Interior, but B.C. Wildfire Service is expecting precipitation forecast for later Friday, Sept. 2, will give them an upper hand on the South Spencer Road blaze.

The fire two km south of Lytton — which exploded from a 12-hectare grass fire into a 500-hectare Rank 1 and 2 blaze Wednesday — is now 40 percent contained, said Max Birkner, fire information officer.

“The wind was blowing pretty hard last night but that didn’t stop work by any means,” Birkner said. “They’re actually doing really well.”

Overnight Thursday, Sept. 1, 25 firefighters and two pieces of heavy equipment were on duty. Friday morning, they were reinforced as

the firefighter complement grew to 91 firefighters and five pieces of heavy equipment, supported in the air by five helicopters.

No structures were threatened by the fire, but 16 homes were evacuated as a precaution at one stage.

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