The truck started a fire just north of the Halfway River, on Highway 23. BCWS photo

Logging truck starts forest fire north of Nakusp

Traffic reduced to single-lane alternating as crews battle blaze

People travelling along Highway 23 north of Nakusp can expect some delays today as fire crews work a blaze started on Thursday.

Highway 23 north of Nakusp was closed briefly yesterday after a logging truck caught on fire, spreading flames to the nearby forest.

Local fire crews and the BC Wildfire Service responded to the fire about 22 kilometers north of Nakusp, just south of the Halfway River.

“The fire was the result of a logging truck fire near Highway 23 which spread into the adjacent forest,” said a news release from BC Wildfire. “[C]rews and aviation resources responded along with the local fire department.”

The fire is about one hectare in size, and is displaying minimal fire behaviour, said a spokesperson for the Southeast Fire Centre. Twenty BC Wildfire Service personnel were on site Friday to continue suppression activities.

Highway 23 was reduced to single-lane traffic yesterday, which will continue today.

No structures or infrastructures are threatened.

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