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Updated: Lytton wildfire now classified as ‘out of control’

Updated 11:57 a.m., July 18th:

The Lytton Wildfire has now been classified as out of control, and a wildfire of note.

The BC Wildfire Service is reporting a warming and drying trend is being forecasted beginning today, and with less cloud cover, sunny and weather and temperatures warming up more quickly, fuels will continue to dry out.

This is expected to contribute to increased fire behaviour and fire activity, creating potentially volatile conditions.

Currently, there are no impacts to Highway 1 or Highway 12, but the Lytton Ferry is closed in both directions.

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Original Story:

The BC Wildfire Service says it has dozens of firefighters, as well as several helicopters and water bombers, battling an out-of-control wildfire near the town of Lytton.

The blaze grew to 17 square kilometres in size yesterday (Sunday).

Several structures on the Lytton First Nation have been destroyed by the flames.

The fire is located just to the northwest of the town, which was destroyed by a wildfire just over a year ago.

With files from Vista National Newswire

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