Overnight phone and internet disruptions for Lytton, Spences Bridge as TELUS repairs fiber cables damaged in wildfire

Overhead shot of the Richter Mountain wildfire (Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service).

By Stephanie Swensrude

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Aug 13, 2022 | 2:12 PM

LYTTON — TELUS crews will perform maintenance Saturday (August 13) night that will disrupt TV, landline and cell service for Lytton, Boston Bar, Spences Bridge, Keremeos, Fraser Acres, Spuzzum and Yale.

TELUS says that fiber cables have been damaged in the Richter Mountain fire, a blaze near Osoyoos that was started Friday (Aug. 12) and is burning out of control at around 50 hectares.

From about 11 pm to 12 am, TV, internet, landline and 9-1-1 services will be unavailable. E-Comm 9-1-1, BC’s largest emergency communications center says in a Tweet that those in life-threatening emergency should dial 9-1-1 in case service has been restored. If there is no service, they suggest heading to the police or fire department if possible.

“Usually we could avoid a disruption while our back-up repairs are done, but our fiber lines in the area are affected by other wildfires,” says a Tweet from TELUS.

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