A warming and drying trend could cause an increase in fire behavior at the wildfire near Lytton, whose size has now grown to 2,193 hectares.
The Nohomin Cree fire is approximately 1.7 kilometres northwest of Lytton, on the west side of the Fraser River. It is classified as being out of control.
“Aerial infrared scanning was conducted on Friday on the eastern flank of the fire. Crews on both the north and south flanks continue to make process towards containment, despite steep terrain and increasingly high daytime temperatures. High temperatures require crews to take frequent breaks to prevent heat stress and exhaustion,” BC Wildfire Service said in an update.
According to some estimates, the fire has gutted six building and evacuation alerts and orders are now in effect for Lytton First Nation. The fire is believed to have destroyed at least six buildings and evacuation alerts and orders issued last week are still in effect.
Members of the Lytton First Nation and the BC Wildfire Service continue to work in partnership to identify and protect cultural values throughout the fire and to reinforce protection around structures along the eastern flank.