Highway between Hay River and High Level, Alberta reopens after fire

Image courtesy of Alberta Ministry of Environment and Parks.

The highway linking Hay River to High Level Alberta has now reopened fully to traffic in both directions.

Northwest Territories Mackenzie Highway #1 and Alberta Highway 35 had been closed earlier this week due to wildfires near Steen River.

The fire crossed the highway in Alberta and also destroyed a railway bridge.

The Government of Alberta states that the highway and wildfire conditions are being closely monitored, and the highway may be closed without warning if conditions change or safe travel is no longer possible.

It adds that drivers are expected to exercise caution and discretion when travelling the route.

It also advises that the La Crete Ferry is closed due to wildfire activity in the area.

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John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.