'Out of control' wildfire leads to lane closure on Coquihalla Highway
Published Wednesday, June 23, 2021 2:29PM PDT Last Updated Wednesday, June 23, 2021 2:29PM PDT
A small wildfire burned beside the Coquihalla Highway on June 23, 2021. (BC Transportation/Twitter)
VANCOUVER -- A small, out-of-control wildfire burning along the Coquihalla Highway near Kamloops led to a lane closure Wednesday afternoon.
According to BC Wildfire Service, the blaze is about 11 kilometres southwest of Kamloops and is burning along Highway 5.
While the blaze is classified as "out of control," the fire service said shortly after 2 p.m. that it's only about half a hectare in size.
Ten BC Wildfire Service members were on scene along with Kamloops Fire Rescue.
Smoke could be seen from the highway and Drive BC said at about 1:30 p.m. that one northbound lane was closed.
Temperatures in the area are expected to reach as high as 32 C Wednesday and wind is expected throughout the afternoon.