On its third day, the Nohomin Creek wildfire burning just 1.7 kilometres northwest of Lytton has grown to an estimated 1,500 hectares.
Six helicopters, three tankers and a Birddog plane are on site supporting 80 personnel on the ground.
“Our crews are experts in fighting wildfires that are fast burning and aggressive,” said Katrine Conroy, B.C. minister of forests.
In an update late Saturday morning (July 16), the BC Wildfire Service said there was minimal growth on the fire overnight and winds were calm. Accessibility and terrain continue to be challenges for personnel and resources on site.
The fire has moved away from the Lytton First Nation and the Village of Lytton. There are no impacts to Highway 1 or 12, however, the Lytton Ferry is closed in both directions, forcing those on the west side of the Fraser River to evacuate on foot.
Lytton First Nation Deputy Chief John Haugen confirmed that at least six homes have been lost to the fire, but it estimated there could be more than 10 properties impacted.
Several properties nearby are on evacuation alert. Reception centres have been set up in Cache Creek and Lillooet. So far, approximately 40 people have registered in Cache Creek and 70 have registered in Lillooet.
The out-of-control blaze is the only wildfire of note of the 17 active fires currently burning in B.C.