Crews are ramping up efforts to contain a stubborn wildfire burning south of Lytton.
Melissa Klassen of the Kamloops Fire Centre says there are now 130 personnel fighting the Cisco road wildfire, along with heavy equipment and helicopters.
She says crews are trying to do burn-offs today to consolidate gains made over the weekend.
“And this is really for the safety of the values at risk and for the safety of our firefighters. Looking at that fire perimeter and making sure those control lines are set up so that the activity is going on within the fire perimeter instead of broaching control lines that have already been established.”
Earlier, Fire Information Officer Kayla Pepper says there was some worry heading into the afternoon.
“Throughout the day today we are expecting the potentials for the increase in fire activity. But, temperatures are expected to climb near 30 degrees, and once again we could see winds gusting up to around 40 to 50 kilometers an hour.”
The fire remains 20% contained – and is about 1,270 hectares in size.
An evacuation alert remains in effect for homes in the Lytton First Nation and Thompson-Nicola regional district.