The Burns Bog fire that’s been raging in Delta is now more than 50% contained, according to the City of Delta. Fire crews say they aim to have it 100% contained by the end of the day.
The fire is about 78 hectares in size, according to the latest GPS measurements, and nearly 80 firefighters are on-scene to battle the blaze.
The Tillbury Industrial Park is no longer under an evacuation order and has fully reopened as of 8 pm last night. However, Highway 17 remains closed between Highways 91 and 99, and is likely to last through the rest of the week.
“With changing winds, fire flare ups and a fire that has already jumped the highway, the risk of opening the highway at this point is unacceptable,” reads a statement from the City of Delta.
Crews are still working to determine what the cause of the fire is. They predict it will take up to a week to fully extinguish.
Officials will be working with a team of investigators to find out the source of the fire, and they’ll be consulting with a committee after to see if it’s possible to bring the area affected back to life.
Metro Vancouver has yet to release an air quality warning, but conditions continue to be monitored.