Alaska Highway at Fort Nelson reopens after fire closure

The Alaska Highway between Fort Nelson and Prophet River in northern B.C. has reopened following a closure yesterday due to 'aggressive fire behaviour.'
The Alaska Highway was closed at Fort Nelson, B.C., yesterday due to the Big Beaver Creek fire. Vehicles are now being piloted through. (‏@BCGovFireInfo/Twitter)

The Alaska Highway between Fort Nelson and Prophet River in northern B.C. has reopened following a closure yesterday due to "aggressive fire behaviour." 

The Big Beaver Creek fire is burning 2.5 kilometres west of the Alaska Highway and 50 kilometres south of Fort Nelson.

Pilot cars are now guiding single lanes of traffic through the smoke says the B.C. Wildfire Service. Officials warn drivers to expect delays.

The fire has consumed an estimated 8,000 hectares of forest.

Favourable winds at Watson Lake fire

Further up the highway Yukon Wildland Fire crews are fighting a wildfire 72 kilometres south of Watson Lake.

That fire has had Northwestel on alert. The company was concerned the fire could threaten its fibre optic line, which provides internet and cell service to the Yukon and N.W.T. Beaufort Delta. 

The latest update indicates weather and wind patterns are favourable, suggesting it's unlikely the fire will impact the fibre infrastructure.

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