July 6, 2016 9:49 am
Updated: July 7, 2016 8:16 am

Highway 17 reopens following Burns Bog fire

Fire crews fighting the Burns Bog fire on Monday, July 4, 2016.

The Canadian Press

The Burns Bog fire is now 100 per cent contained and crews are reopening Highway 17.

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“The decision to close any street or evacuate a business is never made lightly and we fully appreciate the impact on the traveling public and all those impacted. However, these strategic closures were key in the quick containment of the fire and ensuring that the fire did not impact Tilbury Industrial Park, any other critical infrastructure, and that all of our first responders were able to do their jobs safely and efficiently,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson in a release.

Fire crews remain on scene and the focus is now turning to what sparked the flames in the first place.

READ MORE: Burns Bog fire: How bog fires burn and why they’re difficult to combat

Fire investigators are starting to comb through the 78 hectares of burnt scrub to find some clues.

Structural engineers are also examining the damaged AM730 radio towers and BC Hydro staff are checking power lines in the area. AM730 is now back on the air.

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READ MORE: Fires in Burns Bog could become more common, warn conservationists

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