UPDATE: According to Public Services and Procurement Canada, a detour is available at Km 900 for South Bound traffic leaving from Watson Lake, and at Km 897 for North Bound Traffic leaving from Fort Nelson.

The road is down to single-lane alternating traffic. They ask that drivers follow the pilot car and obey road signs.

FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is closed between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake.

The highway is closed due to a washout in the area of Fireside Maintenance Camp, the highway is closed.

Fireside is approximately 377 km north of Fort Nelson.

There is no detour around the area. Drivers are advised to watch www.drivebc.ca for updates.

The next update on the status of the highway isn’t expected until Monday at 8am local time.

A forest fire has also been reported near Coal River. The fire is close to the highway, but has yet to cause any issues for travellers.

According to Wildfire BC, the forest fire has grown to over 60 hectares in size. An evacuation alert remains in affect for the area near Coal River.

Adam Reaburn is the owner of Moose FM and Energeticcity.ca. Adam has been working in broadcasting for over 20 years. Adam and his wife Tammy have lived in Fort St. John for over 18 years.