🟢 🔥OPEN… Alaska Highway CLOSED north of Fort St. John due to wildfire…
FORT ST. JOHN
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 5:10 pm. Last updated at 12:08 pm on May 4, 2023.
UPDATE 4: The name of the wildfire is now Coffee Creek Wildfire. It remains at an estimated 60 hectares in size. It is not threatening any structures at this time. Further updates to follow on this thread only.
UPDATE 3: Highway is fully open following Wednesday’s wildfire. The wildfire is still classified as out of control according to the BC Wildfire website. Further updates to follow on this thread only.
UPDATE 2: Alaska Highway has reopened to single lane alternating traffic as of 7:35 pm. Keep updated using DriveBC.ca
UPDATE: The BC Wildfire Service says the wildfire is approximately 60 hectares in size and crews from Fort St. John and Charlie Lake Fire Departments are on scene. Currently, the fire is burning at rank 3 and 4. Fire crews are prioritizing structural protection with air support and ground crews. The fire was caused by human.
More updates as new information becomes available.
Motorists be advised that the Alaska Highway is CLOSED in both directions between Mile 54 and Mile 64 due to a wildfire that has jumped the highway.
More details as they become available.
A wildfire can be seen billowing in the distance. – T. Chevalier
A fire truck headed out to a wildfire on the Alaska Highway north of Fort St. John. – PJXM News photo.
DriveBC Details below…
Highway 97 Both Directions
Highway 97, in both directions. There is a wildfire between Old Hope Rd and 256 Rd for 21.5 km (27 to 6 km north of Fort St John). The road is closed. Detour in effect. Detour 271 Road via 256 Road via 281 Road via 254 Road. Please watch for flaggers on the road and obey all signs. Next update time Wed May 3 at 8:00 PM MST. Last updated Wed May 3 at 5:11 PM MST. (DBC-51766