(Update: June 26): Lanes on the Sea to Sky highway north of Horseshoe Bay will remain closed for several more days due to the wildfire in the area.
Officials say there are a number of hazardous trees adjacent to the highway that need to be removed before the northbound highway lanes can be safely reopened to traffic.
The Strip Creek wildfire continues to burn alongside #hwy99, @MetroVancouver crews worked the fire overnight and @BCGovFireInfo crews will continue the attack today. NO threat to residents in the area, but Hwy is still restricted to 2 lanes for safety. #BCWildfire pic.twitter.com/45O5bqEXdD— MVRD Emergency Services (@metrovanemerg) June 24, 2019
In the meantime, all northbound lanes between Ansell Place and Ocean Point Road are closed, with northbound traffic diverted into one of the southbound lanes.
Travellers should expect congestion in the area and are asked to slow down, use extra caution and allow for additional time.
Update #BCHwy99: NB lane closed for up to 7 days due to the Strip Creek #BCWildfire. SB lane: one NB and one SB lane. Expect delays: fire crews, congestion, and tree removal. Waits may be up to 45 minutes, please be safe & patient.@WestVanPolice @SeatoSkyHighway @MillerCapilano pic.twitter.com/V7H1rzSq3D— Squamish RCMP (@SquamishRCMP) June 25, 2019
(Original story: June 23)
A forest fire along the Sea to Sky highway has closed the northbound lanes between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay.
According to Drive BC, northbound traffic is being diverted into the southbound lane at Ansell Place.
Expect Helicopters and emergency personnel is the area of the #BCWildfire south of Lions Bay. Traffic is alternating on #BCHwy99 in the area. Slow down and expect delays @MillerCapilano @WestVanPolice @BCRCMPTraffic @SeatoSkyHighway @DriveBC pic.twitter.com/acLjAGeKEU— Squamish RCMP (@SquamishRCMP) June 23, 2019
The Squamish RCMP warned people to expect helicopters and emergency personnel in the area of the wildfire. The BC Wildfire Service is responding.
BC Wildfire is calling it the Strip Creek wildfire. It is currently being estimate at three hectares in size and is burning in steep terrain.
The Strip Creek #BCwildfire (V30699) is ~3 ha and is burning 4.5 km south of #LionsBay, adjacent to the Sea to Sky Highway. The highway has been impacted by this fire, and people are encouraged to go to @DriveBC for travel information. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/M6vwi1hMFj— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) June 23, 2019