Wildfire closes part of Sea to Sky Highway near Horseshoe Bay (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Jun 23 2019, 4:27 pm

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A wildfire burning near Horseshoe Bay has forced the closure of the northbound lanes of the Sea to Sky Highway.

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The forest fire broke out Sunday morning between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay Sunday morning and was visible from the highway, with large plumes of smoke in the air.

DNV Fire Rescue Services is on scene.

Shortly before 10 am, it was estimated the fire was approximately a hectare in size. The cause remains unknown.

Video shared to social media shows flames just off the shoulder of the highway.

BC’s Ministry of Transportation says northbound traffic is being diverted into the southbound lane at Ansell Place, and there is one lane of traffic in both direction.

Vancouver Fire said the wildfire is a good reminder that the fire hazard in the region is currently considered “high.”