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Avalanche control and rockslides along popular routes

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January 20, 2015 - 1:38 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - There are a few things to consider if you're navigating B.C. roads or enjoying the great outdoors today.

According to DriveBC.ca, avalanche control is happening Jan. 20, 2015 on Highway 1 from the west boundary of Glacier National Park to the east boundary in both directions, so targeted areas along the route will be closed for intervals of 2-3 hours while crews work. Control efforts for the day are expected to wrap up at roughly 4 p.m.

Avalanche.ca is warning travellers large areas of Glacier National Park are closed for avalanche control using explosives. To access winter restricted areas, daily or annual winter permits are required. Visitors can get the information they need at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.

Closer to home, avalanche.ca is rating the avalanche risk in the South Columbia district as considerable at both alpine and treeline elevations, while below the treeline, the risk is moderate. For North Columbia, the risk is considerable for all three elevation levels. For the Kootenay Boundary which borders Highway 97 from Vernon to Osoyoos, the risk is rated considerable for the treeline and alpine elevations while below the treeline the risk is moderate. The risk will be reduced over the next couple of days with a moderate risk above the treeline and low risk below.

Meanwhile, cleanup of a rock slide that happened Jan. 19, 2015 near Lillooet on Highway 12 south of the junction of Highway 99 was happening earlier today, with the crew closing access but the road is again open.

Debris from the Rockslide 17 kilometres east of Spences Bridge is also being cleared and traffic there has been reduced to one lane.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 1:32, Jan. 20, 2015 to include new details from Drivebc.ca.

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