Thursday, July 1, 2021

Lytton, BC Fire 'Catastrophic'

Lytton fire 'catastrophic' 

'Catastrophic damage': Entire town of Lytton evacuated as fire tears through community The school administrator of the Stein Valley Nlakapamux School on First Nations land directly north of Lytton posted to Facebook late Wednesday that “our poor little town of Lytton is gone.” Edith Loring Kuhanga, who earlier in the day was interviewed by the CBC about the record temperatures reached in the community over the past three days, said she was at home on Fraser Street when the fire broke out and “quickly spread.” “One of the board members who is a Council member called me and asked me where I was. I told him that I was at the house. He said you need to leave right away as the fire is quickly spreading,” she wrote. “I ran out the door and there was a huge explosion and the fire really started going crazy! I suddenly realized that I didn’t have my purse so I ran back in and got it.” In her post, she said she rushed to her school to set up a muster station and started gathering water and making food for evacuees. They were then forced to flee the school as the fire spread. “We loaded everyone up in our vehicles and started driving to Lillooet — we had no power or internet in Lytton and everyone was trying to reach people.” “This is so devastating - we are all in shock! Our community members have lost everything. I understand our Band office is also gone!” Source


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