Significant rainfall poses post-fire hazard to Interior highways

Hwy 1 precautionary closure

The provincial government has ordered the precautionary closure on Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon due to landslide risk

Highway 1 was closed between Lytton and Spences Bridge Friday afternoon as significant rainfall poses a hazard for Interior highways after a summer of brutal wildfires.

The announcement is on top of a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada Friday calling for gusting winds in the Southern and Central Interior.

"Weather forecasts for Lytton and the surrounding area indicate significant rainfall. Drivers are advised northbound traffic will be redirected to Highway 5 or Highway 3. Southbound traffic will be diverted at Cache Creek," said the Ministry of Transportation.

Motorists travelling through areas affected by wildfires are asked not to stop during rainfall events for their own safety. Debris flows pose a post-fire hazard that can be triggered by intense rainfall.

The province also warns that other provincial roads and highways may be affected by landslide events. Drivers should expect to encounter debris along any burnt areas and are advised to plan alternate routes, as further closures may happen with limited notice.

"The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will be continuously monitoring the weather throughout the day and will provide updates as conditions change," states the news release.

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