Post-fires landslide risk forces closure of Highway 1 in Lytton area

Due to the risk of landslides resulting from heavy rain, Highway 1 will be closed between Lytton and Spences Bridge on Friday, Sept. 17, as of 4 p.m.

Drivers planning on travelling the Highway 1 south of Cache Creek this weekend, take note.

Due to the risk of landslides resulting from heavy rain, Highway 1 will be closed between Lytton and Spences Bridge on Friday, Sept. 17, as of 4 p.m.

Weather forecasts for Lytton and the surrounding area indicate significant rainfall.

Drivers are advised northbound traffic will be redirected to highways 5 or 3. Southbound traffic will be diverted at Cache Creek.

The Ministry of Transportation said debris flows are a post-fire hazard that can be triggered by intense rainfall. Additional provincial roads and highways may be affected by landslide events.

Drivers should expect to encounter debris along any areas burned by summer wildfires and are advised to plan alternative routes, as further closures may happen with limited notice.

Motorists travelling through areas affected by wildfires are asked not to stop during rainfall events. For their safety and to ensure firefighting efforts or road-maintenance activities are not impeded, drivers are asked to travel directly to their destinations and not stop along the highway.

The Ministry of Transportation will be continuously monitoring the weather throughout the day and will provide updates as conditions change.

Drivers are reminded to observe posted speed limits, traffic-control devices and flag persons. For the most up-to-date information before travel, go online to drivebc.ca.

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