Provincial crews called in to help battle wildfire near Delta, B.C.

By The Canadian Press
July 3, 2016 - 1:45pm Updated: July 3, 2016 - 3:45pm

DELTA, B.C. — The B.C. Wildfire Service has been called in to help fight a blaze burning in a conservation area in suburban Vancouver.

Lois Jackson, the mayor of Delta, B.C., says the fire in Burns Bog had grown to 100,000 square metres by Sunday afternoon — 10 times larger than it was two hours earlier.

Donna MacPherson with the Coastal Fire Centre says about 26 provincial firefighters were assisting along with a helicopter and airtankers.

Police have closed Highway 17 from Highway 99 to the Nordel Connector, and traffic is being diverted to River Road.

Delta police posted a plea on Twitter, asking people to not stop and take pictures of the blaze.

They say doing so “simply causes more traffic delay and issues.”

It’s not clear what caused the fire.

Burns Bog is a 30-square-kilometre nature reserve southeast of Vancouver.

— With files from CKNW

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