Multiple fires were burning Monday afternoon in the grass medians along Highway 1 between Chilliwack and Abbotsford with smoke affecting motorists driving in both directions.
The median fires were causing reduced visibility and delays on Oct. 3 due to the heavy smoke billowing into traffic.
Sometimes grass fires like this on the highway are sparked by lit cigarettes tossed out the window.
Reader Jackie Marshall contacted to the Chilliwack Progress to say she counted about nine fires in the medians between the westbound and eastbound lanes near Abbotsford, west of Chilliwack.
One person tweeted, “What’s going on?” saying there were “bush fires” on Highway 1 and that fire crews were spotted en route to the scene.
Another person commenting on the story said it was a chain dragging from a vehicle that caused sparks to fly, igniting the fires.
WHAT IS GOING ON?! There are MULTIPLE bush fires along HWY 1 Eastbound in the Abby/Cultus area. One was 2KM before Cultus exit. Lost track of all of them. 🤯 As I drove by, no fire trucks on scene yet but saw some coming on N Parallel Rd. @AM730Traffic @CityNewsVAN pic.twitter.com/HY4198WRER
— Jasmine Kaur G (@jgarcha) October 3, 2022
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