Trans Canada partially reopens following wildfire north of Spences Bridge
UPDATE: 7 a.m. Tuesday July 24: Highway 1 has partially reopened after being shut down by a new wildfire north of Spences Bridge.
It is now open to single-lane alternating traffic with a pilot car escort.
UPDATED 10:30 p.m. Monday:
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has rescinded an evacuation order for three addresses along the Trans Canada Highway in Spences Bridge following a wildfire that broke out around 4 p.m. Monday.
The properties involved in the original order include 3915, 3925, 3941 Trans Canada Hwy.
Highway 1 was shut down on the north end of Spences Bridge at 4 p.m. due to the blaze burning up from the train tracks.
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Most of Spences Bridge has been put on evacuation alert due to the growing wildfire, which the B.C. Wildfire Service estimates is 80 hectares in size.
A gathering centre for evacuees had been set up at the Archie Clements Community Hall on the Merritt-Spences Bridge Highway.
Locals report the fire started near the train tracks next to the Thompson River below the town.
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