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Evacuation alerts lifted near Lytton

September 6, 2016 12:59 P.M.


As fire crews continue to mop up the wildfire near Lytton, all evacuation alerts in the area have been rescinded.

The South Spencer Road wildfire quickly grew to 532 hectares last week, after heavy winds stoked the blaze Wednesday.

Crews now have the fire 75 per cent contained. B.C. Wildfire Service said they will not be fully containing the fire in order to let it burn fuel in remote, high-elevation areas.

Evacuation orders and alerts, which were originally put in place Aug. 31, were all rescinded Tuesday, Sept. 5. These include alerts in the Lytton First Nation and the TNRD.

The regional district warns that, while crews have a good handle on the blaze at this time, evacuation alerts and orders could be put back in place if conditions change.

Aerial infrared imaging is being used by fire crews to find hot spots that may have been missed by ground crews.

There are 49 firefighters, one helicopter and one piece of heavy equipment working on the fire.

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