Message from Mayor and Council: Kookipi Creek fire

August 21, 2023

The Evacuation Alert is still in effect for the Village of Lytton. The Mayor has received calls from residents saying that they have heard or read on social media that we are on an Evacuation Order. We are NOT on an Evacuation Order. We will communicate with residents if this changes.

It is our understanding that the Kookipi Fire has not come north of Jackass. The thick smoke in the valley around the Village is not an indication that the fire has come closer.

If you have not signed up for Voyent Alert communication tool, please do so. Voyent Alert is an app that will provide you notification Evacuation Alerts or Orders, or other important messages related to Lytton. People check the Village website and Facebook page regularly for updates, as well.

BC Wildfire made a request to have one of our fire trucks go to Kanaka for fire protection. Lytton residents should not worry, as one truck remains in the Village, along with a volunteer firefighting crew.

The Trans Canada Highway remains closed south of Lytton. The flagger/roadblock that was set up above Kumsheen School is now set up farther down the highway between Loring Way and the Old Sawmill.

Reminder: the Village remains on watering restrictions. Only hand watering of flowers, gardens, and lawns is allowed. We need everyone to do their part to keep our reservoir full.

Coffee with Mayor and Council is still happening from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays, and the Regular Council Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, August 23 (both in the Parish Hall).

Depending on the status of the Evacuation Alerts and Orders in the area, we may have to postpone the Community Meeting that is scheduled for Friday, August 25. We will keep you informed.

Lastly, our hearts and prayers are with the people of the Shuswap, Okanagan, Fraser Canyon, Northwest Territories, and Yukon, as well as our local communities to the north and south. To everyone out there, please take care and be safe.