Vehicle catches fire, prompting temporary shutdown of Highway 5 north of Hope, B.C.

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      While B.C. declared a state of emergency due to the surging wildfires across the province, some fatal vehicle crashes have been taking place on highways in the Lower Mainland.

      Now, an incident involving a vehicle on fire has taken place this afternoon on a highway north of Hope, B.C.

      Around 2 p.m., B.C. Highway Patrol Chilliwack announced that a vehicle fire on Highway 5 near the Othello pull-out prompted the closure of Highway 5 at the Highway 3/Highway 5 split.

      The B.C. Wildfire Service sent a helicopter with a water bucket to the location.

      In an update around 4 p.m., B.C. Highway Patrol stated that it was clearing the scene of the vehicle fire. Fire crews remained on scene to monitor the site for any flare-ups.

      No injuries were reported.

      According to DriveBC, northbound single-lane traffic around the scene is expected to reopen (southbound and westbound lanes weren’t affected during this incident).

      Drivers can check for updates at the DriveBC website or social media