Lytton wildfire a 'wake up call' to take precautions, says head of Canada's Transportation Safety Board

A wildfire in Lytton, B.C., during historically high temperatures points to a serious need to prevent similar occurrences, says the chairwoman of the Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the possibility that a freight train could be linked to the disaster.

Kathy Fox said a full report on any contributing factors related to the June 30 inferno that forced residents to flee could take up to two years.

An interim report released Thursday reached no conclusions on the cause of the fire. The safety board’s report said it has asked for comprehensive information from Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways and set out its next steps in the investigation.

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