Wildfire in Lytton area forces partial closure of BC Park | Radio NL

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The latest update from the BC Wildfire Service shows the Nohomin Creek wildfire near Lytton has not increased significantly since Friday evening.

An update late Saturday afternoon shows the fire remains pegged at 1,500 hectares, or 15 square kilometers.

However, BC Parks has confirmed that the fire has forced the partial closure of Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park.

The park itself is in a remote area popular with experienced hikers and backpackers.

“This is a wild park containing spectacular landscapes and exceptional historical, cultural and spiritual values. It protects the entire Stein River watershed,” according to BC Parks. “It’s a user-maintained area, with 150 km of trails and hiking routes, four cable crossings, a suspension bridge and several wilderness campsites.”

(Forks Camp, inside Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Provincial Park / via BC Parks)

However, access due to the fire is now restricted.

“Due to the Nohomin Creek Wildfire, an evacuation order from the Regional District is currently affecting access to the lower trailhead near the community of Lytton,” BC Parks warns. “There is currently no access to or from the trailhead at this time.”

This follows a decision by the Regional District of Thompson-Nicola and Lytton First Nation to issue evacuation orders on Thursday due to the wildfire, which has already destroyed a number of homes in the area. .

It is unclear how long access to Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park will be interrupted, as fire activity near the trailhead remains an issue.

“The northern flank has been active,” the BC Wildfire Service noted in its Saturday afternoon update. “Two unit crews use direct attack and small scale manual ignitions to clear sections of unburnt fuel to help establish lines of control and direct fire upwards. Structure protection crews actively triage, assess needs and install sprinklers as needed. »

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