Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

August 14, 2016 18:35 ET

Decreased Visibility on Highway 37 Due to Wildfire

DEASE LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 14, 2016) - The BC Wildfire Service would like the public to be aware of smoky conditions on Highway 37 from Wheeler Lake to the Yukon border and along the Alaska Highway, due to the Blue River wildfire. Smoke may also be visible from the communities of Upper Liard, Watson Lake, and Lower Post.

Warm temperatures and gusty wind conditions have increased fire growth and decreased visibility. Drivers are advised to drive cautiously and should not stop between Blue River and One Ace FSR.

The Blue River wildfire was started by lightning on July 17, 2016. It is approximately 1,846 hectares in size and is located about 22 kilometres south of the Yukon border. The fire is burning within an area where a wildfire occurred in 2010 and there are no structures or communities threatened. The wildfire is currently in "modified response" status - a fire management strategy that is used when a wildfire is not threatening communities and is considered to be beneficial to the landscape.

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Contact Information

  • Haley Williams
    Fire Information Officer
    BC Wildfire Service
    Northwest Fire Centre
    250 847-6639