Small wildfire shuts down northbound traffic on Sea to Sky Highway near Horseshoe Bay

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      A one-hectare wildfire is causing difficulties for people wanting to travel north from Horseshoe Bay.

      According to the Drive B.C. website, the blaze is burning between Lawrence Way and Ocean Point Drive.

      Northbound traffic is being diverted into the southbound lane at Ansell Place.

      The smoke is visible from Bowen Island.

      Global B.C. has reported that the fire was caused by a downed B.C. Hydro line and that more than 70 homes are without electricity.

      This isn't the first wildfire in the Horseshoe Bay area.

      Last August, a blaze broke out near Whyte Lake, which was contained by the West Vancouver Fire Department.

      Update

      At 9:12 a.m., Drive B.C. advised that motorists should expect "major delays due to congestion" in the area.

      Update

      The fire has grown to three hectares and it's being fought by three helicopters, five fixed-wing aircraft, and 50 firefighters, according to Metro Vancouver Emergency Services.

      Update

      The District of West Vancouver tweeted on Monday (June 24) morning that northbound traffic on the Sea to Sky Highway was still being diverted at Ansell Place into the southbound lane.

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