UPDATE: UPDATE: The Travel Advisory for the Alaska Highway has been lifted. We are waiting for an update on the fire in the area from the B.C. Wildfire Service. We will post more about the fire when information becomes available.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation has issued a travel advisory for the Alaska Highway 42km north of Fort St. John to 7km south of Mile 83.
The highway is open, but the advisory is in effect due to a forest fire in the area. A fire near Mile 77 of the Alaska Highway started Wednesday.
Highway 97 Both directions – Forest Fire 42 km north of Fort St. John to 7 km south of Mile 83 (27.8 km). Travel Advisory in effect. Updated on Wed May 4 at 9:02 pm PDT. (ID# 220058)
Fire Information Officer Emily Epp says the fire is 50 hectares in size, with airtankers and 11 firefighters are combating the blaze.
She added that Oil and Gas infrastructure is located near the fire, and that the BC Wildfire Service has recommended that companies relocate workers away from the sites.
Helicopters were also assisting, but Epp said they had to land due to smoke obscuring their sight.
Once again the Highway is open, but officials are recommending you don’t travel in the area if possible.