The Nohomin Creek fire northwest of Lytton continues to burn and hot, dry conditions in the coming week could cause an increase in activity.
The fire is estimated at 2,193 hectares Sunday (July 24). It continues to grow on the west flank, but remains contained to the north side of the Stein River.
The size estimate has come down from the previous 2,223 hectares reported at the end of last week due to more accurate mapping, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
It has expressed concern that the wildfire could continue to grow again though if Environment Canada’s forecasts hold true. The weather agency is predicting Lytton will see daily highs in the mid-to-high 30s throughout the final week of July, hitting 39 C on Wednesday and Thursday. If nightly lows don’t drop below 18 C, the forecast will trigger a heat warning for the region.
Prepping for such an event, crews are working to extend current sprinkler lines further east to provide more moisture in the valley bottom to protect park infrastructure.
Service of the Lytton Ferry has been restored to help transport crews across the Fraser River.
For residents of Lytton First Nation, movement remains limited. Only wildfire response personnel are allowed into the wildfire area along the west side of the Fraser Canyon and only local traffic can move between Texas Creek Road and Spencer Road at the 20.5 kilometre mark south of Lillooet and at the Lytton footbridge.
Evacuation alerts and orders remain in effect.
The Nohomin Creek fire was discovered July 14 and is currently the only fire of note listed on the B.C. Wildfire Dashboard. It is considered “out of control.”