Highway 97 near Peachland closed due to dynamic wildfire activity

Highway 97 between Peachland and Summerland is being shut down due to wildfires

UPDATE: 12:46 a.m.

Highway 97 between Peachland and Summerland is closed once again due to dynamic wildfire activity.

There is no detour available, drivers need to consider an alternate route.

DriveBC does not have an estimated time of reopening.

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UPDATE: 8:19 p.m.

Highway 97 is now open between Peachland and Summerland to single-lane alternating traffic.

A pilot vehicle is escorting drivers through the area.

Motorists should expect delays.

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UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.

Highway 97 is closed again between Peachland and Summerland due to wildfires burning in the region.

There is no estimated time of reopening.

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ORIGINAL:

Highway 97 between Peachland and Summerland is open to one lane of traffic in both directions.

A reduced speed of 60 km/hr is in effect.

According to DriveBC, motorists should expect travel delays as firefighters and crews are working in the area.

RELATED: Fire crews build guard around Mount Conkle wildfire near Summerland

Motorists are being warned of significant delays and to watch for fire crews in the area.

An alternate route via Highway 97C, Highway 5A and Highway 3 is in place for motorists travelling from Kelowna to the South Okanagan.

RELATED: Wildfire near Peachland still smoldering, holds at 500 hectares

On Wednesday afternoon, the highway was closed as the result of a wildfire in the area.

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