Convoys Planned Through Fire Zone

Tisigar Lake fire continues to grow

6/3/2011

Highway 37 south of the Yukon border remains closed, as the Tisigar Lake fire continues to grow.

Strong winds have fanned the blaze to more than twice the size it was yesterday.

The Northwest Fire Centre says it now covers about 8,000 hectares.

Highway 37 is closed from 160 kilometres north of Dease Lake to the Yukon border, although the Transportation Ministry hopes pilot cars can lead some traffic through during temporary openings between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm each day if it's safe. 

They're warning travellers to make sure they have enough fuel and supplies for a lengthy wait, if they can't go.

The alternate route through to the Yukon is north from Prince George on Highway 97 and then the Alaska Highway.

The province has also issued a order banning the public from all Crown Land within 25 kilometres on either side of Highway 37 between the border and the Beaver Pond rest stop.

The Tisigar Lake fire was sparked by lightning and reported on Monday this week.

Air tankers and helicopters have been dropping water and retardant.

By Monday, the province expects more than 100 personnel will be working the fire, and they're hoping cooler weather will help.