The approximate location of a vehicle incident affecting traffic on Highway 97 south of Vernon. (Google image)

The approximate location of a vehicle incident affecting traffic on Highway 97 south of Vernon. (Google image)

UPDATE: Highway 97 reopened south of Vernon following vehicle fire

Detour available via Kalamalka Lakeview Drive

Update: 2:30 p.m.

Highway 97 has been reopened as crews finished clearing the roadway between Birnie and Clerke roads following a vehicle fire on the highway. The highway closure was extended while RCMP investigated the scene.

Update, 9:30 a.m.

Highway 97 is closed in both directions south of Vernon.

Earlier this morning, DriveBC received reports of a vehicle fire on the highway near Vista Road.

Around 9:30 a.m., it announced the highway was closed in both directions due to a vehicle incident between Birnie and Clerke roads.

The two-vehicle crash is serious and police are currently investigating, said Const. Chris Terleski, media relations officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.

A detour has been established and all traffic is being directed to Mission Road and Commonage Road.

Original story:

A vehicle fire is impeding southbound traffic on Highway 97 near Vernon.

DriveBC reported a vehicle was on fire near Vista Road at 8:46 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15.

At that time, crews were on their way to the scene and motorists were told to expect delays.

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