A wildfire has sparked above Highway 97A near Mara Lake, the result of a cube van crashing into a ditch on Highway 97A and hitting a power pole.
According to a witness on scene, power lines arced, sparking and hitting the rock face and starting a fire in the ditch.
The blaze started just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday (July 20) and is located near the Sicamous Landfill at Two Mile Road, about two kilometres south of the town.
Traffic on Highway 97A is blocked in both directions; however, DriveBC is reporting a vehicle incident south of Sicamous to be the cause of the closure.
The BC Wildfire Service is assisting the Sicamous and Swansea Point fire departments in responding to the fire, which, as of noon on Tuesday, is estimated to be 10 hectares in size and is classified as out of control.
BC Wildfire is responding with six ground personnel and multiple helicopters.
Aircraft will be using nearby water sources for suppression activities and the public is asked to remain clear of the area.
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District reports a tactical evacuation is underway of homes nearest to the fire.