RCMP guiding traffic through smoke from prescribed burn near Ashcroft

ASHCROFT - Police are currently on Highway 1 about 10 kilometres east of Cache Creek to slow drivers passing through thick smoke coming from a controlled burn in the area.

Ashcroft RCMP say the controlled burn was taking place near the village today, April 8, but smoke blew over the area after winds shifted.

Information officer Max Birkner says the controlled burn was not conducted by B.C. Wildfire. 

"It’s possible someone was carrying out their own burn and it was larger than it should have been," he says adding a three-person initial attack crew is heading to the site to investigate.

Birkner says the service received several calls from the public but the fire is small. Whether or not the person responsible for the fire will face suppression costs is unknown. 

In the meantime officers are slowing people down for safety so no one can do full highway speeds through the smoky area, Birkner says. 

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