Burns Bog wildfire now fully contained

July 06, 2016
Written by The Canadian Press
July 6, 2016, Delta, B.C. - A busy highway running beside Burns Bog in Delta, B.C., is being reopened as crews have fully contained a wildfire.

Delta's Emergency Operations Centre says traffic is moving again on Highway 17.

The route had been closed since Sunday when a wildfire broke out in the bog, scorching 78 hectares of bush.

The blaze also threatened a nearby industrial park, prompting an evacuation that was rescinded Monday night.

A cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Officials had expected Highway 17 and several surrounding streets would remain closed until later this week, but say quick response to the blaze helped reduce the length of the closure.

''These strategic closures were key in the quick containment of the fire and ensuring that the fire did not impact Tilbury Industrial Park (or) any other critical infrastructure,'' Delta Mayor Lois Jackson says in a news release.

The release says Metro Vancouver's scientific advisory panel has been contacted and officials in Delta are trying to arrange a site visit and meeting to discuss the recovery of the environmentally sensitive bog.

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