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Vehicles start 3 fires

UPDATE: 10:20 a.m.

Two Southern Interior highways were closed, or partially closed as a result of grass fires close to the road.

Ironically, all three were caused by vehicle fires.

The Trans Canada Highway just west of Chase was closed in both directions earlier this morning after a Honda and a semi made contact with each other.

The semi rolled into a ditch, taking out a hydro pole and burst into flames, resulting in a smoldering grass fire along the side of the road.

The highway was closed while fire and ambulance crews attended. The drivers of both vehicles were able to walk away from the crash, but were taken to Kamloops hospital as a precaution.

Fire crews remain at the scene monitoring the smoldering debris. The highway is now open to single lane alternating traffic.

South on Highway 5A, two separate grass fires about 13 kilometres apart were also started as a result of vehicle fires.

The BC Wildfire Service sent crews to both.

A fire near Stump Lake grew to about .6 hectares in size, while a second near Nicola Bay grew to about two hectares in size.

Both fires are now under control.

Highway 5A remains open to single lane alternating traffic at both locations while fire crews monitor and mop up the fires.


ORIGINAL: 7:45 a.m.

Two separate incidents are affecting traffic along Highway 5A north of Merritt.

The highway has been reduced to single lane, alternating traffic 27 kilometres north of Merritt for a vehicle collision.

About 13 kilometres up the road, the highway is also reduced to single lane alternating due to a car, and corresponding forest fire.

No indication as to the severity of the incidents or the fire, or when the road will fully reopen.

More details will be forthcoming when they become available.

Another closure, this on the Trans Canada Highway three kilometres west of Chase. The highway is reduced to single lane alternating due to a vehicle incident.

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