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Highway 97 closed near Fort Nelson

Travelers advised to check Drive BC website for road condition updates
This Drive BC road map shows where HIghway 97 in closed west of Fort Nelson due to the Parker Lake fire.

Drive BC is advising travelers heading north from Prince George on Highway 97 that the road is closed in both directions due to the wildfire near Fort Nelson.

The closure west of the town stretches for 170 kilomwetres, from Prophet River Subdivision Road to recreation road.

Highway 77, which leads to the Northwest Territories, is also closed due to another fire 138 km south of the B.C.-Northwest Territories border.

The Parker Lake fire west of Fort Nelson (two km northwest of Parker Lake) has grown to 5,280 hectares and winds from the southwest are expected today, putting the town in further jeopardy. Fort Nelson and Fort Nelson First Nation have been evacuated and people have been directed to emergency social service centres in Fort St. John and Prince George.  

Go to the Drive BC website for further updates.