BRITISH COLUMBIA

Lytton Wildfire Prompts Evacuation Order

06/11/2015 07:53 EDT | Updated 06/13/2015 04:59 EDT

A massive wildfire burning near Lytton, B.C. has more than doubled in size, prompting evacuation orders for nearby First Nations communities.

The flames broke out Thursday afternoon on the west side of the Fraser River near Cisco Road, according to the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch.

Winds gusting 40 to 60 km/h fanned the fire, which is believed to have been started by someone, said the provincial agency. The blaze grew from 600 hectares to 1,300 in about four hours.

The Lytton First Nations Band issued a evacuation order late Thursday afternoon for 10 homes, as well as an alert for 65 other properties, said CBC News.


Two helicopters and more than 60 firefighters are assigned to this fire, said the branch.

Resident Paul Lightfoot said the fire appears to have started along the CN Rail line.

Freelance cameraman Trevor Rockcliffe captured some dramatic images of the wildfire:

  • Trevor Rockcliffe
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  • <a href="https://twitter.com/trocknews">Trevor Rockcliffe</a>
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    The Rocky Mountaineer train gives tourists close-up view of the massive blaze.
  • <a href="https://twitter.com/trocknews">Trevor Rockcliffe</a>

With files from The Canadian Press

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