Lytton area residents forced from their homes by an aggressive wildfire are getting the green-light to return at this hour.
Fire Information Officer Max Birkner says the move comes as crews make progress putting the fire down.
“So the fire is now 50% contained, it is at 532 hectares, which is 32 larger than we had said before, but that’s mostly due just to better aerial mapping that’s been conducted here on site.”
Birkner says crews have been helped by favourable conditions on the ground.
“You know I’m on the site right now, and it’s raining up here which is excellent, that’s definitely helping the firefighters a lot, and the winds are not super strong right now, so they’re definitely lighter than they have been and that’s been helping us quite a lot.”
Birkner says there are currently 91 firefighters, five helicopters, five pieces of heavy equipment on site.
A pair of evacuation orders put in place by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Lytton First Nation are due to be lifted at 3pm today.
However, more than 40 homes in the two jurisdictions remain under an evacuation alert, and have been told to be ready to pack up at a moment’s notice.
The alert covers the entire area between the CN train bridge in Lytton north to the Stein River.