Emcon Fires
(Emcon Services Inc./Twitter)

Three different fires on Vancouver Island forced road closures on and around Highway 1 Thursday afternoon.

According to Drive BC, a structure fire on Cedar Rd. in Nanaimo closed one Northbound lane as crews responded to the blaze around 1 p.m.

Further south on the Island, Emcon Services Inc. reported that two forest fires burning in the South Shawnigan area had forced a road closure, leaving Shawnigan Road completely inaccessible off of Highway 1.

In a tweet just before 2 p.m., Emcon added that crews from Malahat Volunteer Fire Department were working to contain the brush fires.

They did not yet have an estimate on when the road would reopen, and advised drivers to use alternate routes to access the area.