Liard Smith River fire still causing problems with the Alaska Highway


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Crews continue to battle the wildfire raging at the Junction of the Smith and Liard Rivers.

The fire, now estimated to cover more than 20,000 hectares, or 200 square kilometres, and only 15 per cent contained, has now crossed the Smith River to the northwest, and continues to grow in that direction.

At last report, the 88 firefighters and aircraft are concentrating their efforts on protecting the Alaska Highway, and nearby structures, and are burning off land on the eastern edge of the fire, to increase the fuel free guard in that area.

At this point, the Alaska Highway remains open to traffic, but officials say heavy smoke may force another closure, between Fireside and Liard Hotsprings – and travelers are advised to consult drivebc.ca.