Liard River Fire continues to grow

**Updated at 11:00am Friday June 5th

At last word the interface fire at the Junction of the Smith and Liard Rivers, northwest of Fort Nelson had grown to 16,500 hectares.

The highway is currently open intermittently between Coal River and the Liard Hot Springs…and, had also forced the evacuation of 60 people from the communities of Coal River, Fireside and the Muddy River Reserve #1.

The fire remains uncontrolled on the North side of the highway, after crossing the Smith River and, fire-fighters are setting up containment lines to try to keep it away, from the highway and structures in the area.

There’s still no word on the cause of the blaze, unlike the one now covering about two thousand hectares, west of Lillooet, in the southern interior.

It is beleived to have been caused by a careless camper and, dozens have been forced from their homes in that area, with hundreds more on evaucation alert. Parched conditions and unpredictable winds have combined to push the fire, but so far, no homes have been lost.

For more information on the Alaska Highway you can call 250-774-69-56.