British Columbia

Forest fire contained after shutting down Highway 1 from Hope to Cache Creek

A forest fire four kilometres south of Lytton that shut down Highway 1 traffic from Hope to Cache Creek on Thursday has now been contained.

Fire information officer says fire 4 kilometres south of Lytton was easily visible from the highway

Smoke from a forest fire billows near Lytton Thursday afternoon. Highway 1 was closed from Hope to Cache Creek but was opened up to single-lane alternating traffic. (Martha Joan Van Dyke/Facebook)

A forest fire four kilometres south of Lytton that shut down Highway 1 traffic from Hope to Cache Creek on Thursday has now been contained.

Fire information officer Rachel Witt said the fire was reported mid-morning and grew to about four hectares in size.

"It's an aggressive fire, so we do see open flames … up on the top of the trees, some of them are on fire," she said at the time.

Witt said the fire was on a steep hill and threatened no structures. Thirty-five firefighters and four air tankers and helicopters worked to put it out.

Witt says the fire is believed to have been human-caused.

An aircraft applies fire retardant near near Lytton, Thursday afternoon. (Martha Joan Van Dyke/Facebook)

Traffic was snarled by the blaze. First Highway 1 was shut down completely, then it was opened up to a single lane.

DriveBC reported earlier that a detour is available for those wishing to avoid the area by travelling through Kamloops via the Coquihalla Highway and Highway 1 between Kamloops and Cache Creek.

DriveBC is now telling drivers in the area to be careful of areas of limited visibility due to smoke.

For further updates, consult DriveBC.

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