Highway 20 closed due to Bull Canyon fire, again

The Wildfire Management Branch is responding to a wildfire about 14 kilometres west of Bull Canyon on the north side of Highway 20.

  • Aug. 13, 2014 8:00 p.m.

The Wildfire Management Branch continues to battle an aggressive wildfire about 14 kilometres west of Bull Canyon on the north side of Highway 20.

It currently covers an estimated 600 hectares. Airtankers and helicopters are supporting ground crews and heavy equipment operators to battle the blaze.

Yesterday, five helicopters and heavy equipment are helping 50 firefighters establish a guard around the fire.

The B.C. Wildfire Management Branch said the wildfire is displaying aggressive fire behaviour.

Crews will be closely monitoring the weather, since there is a potential for extreme fire behaviour, increased winds and warm temperatures.

Cooler temperatures and rain are expected later in the week, which should help firefighting efforts over the next 48 to 72 hours.

An evacuation alert has been issued for nine residences at Bayliff Road, west of Alexis Creek.

More information about evacuation alerts and evacuation orders in the Cariboo Regional District can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations.

Additionally, traffic continues to be affected by the fire.

Highway 20 is currently closed in both directions 24 kilometres west of Alexis Creek.

A 12.8-kilometre detour route is available via Chilko Lake Road and Bayliff Road. For further details, visit http://www.drivebc.ca/#listView&severity=Major.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellular phone.

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website: www.bcwildfire.ca.

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

– On Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

– On Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

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