Forest fire contained after shutting down Highway 1 from Hope to Cache Creek
Fire information officer says fire 4 kilometres south of Lytton was easily visible from the highway
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.
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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.
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.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCHwy1?src=hash">#BCHwy1</a> has Opened to Single lane alternating traffic <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HopeBC?src=hash">#HopeBC</a> to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CacheCreek?src=hash">#CacheCreek</a> due to Forest Fire 2km West of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lytton?src=hash">#Lytton</a> <a href="https://t.co/67cJdk5Qa2">https://t.co/67cJdk5Qa2</a>—@DriveBC