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Travel Alert: Bontoc-Baguio Road Not Passable - Safety Advisory | March 2024

As of March 06, 2024, the Bontoc-Baguio Road is closed due to a forest fire. Travelers must detour via Sagada-Balili for safety.

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Due to a forest fire in Mountain Province, the Bontoc-Baguio Road along Barangay Alab Proper is closed. Find safe detours and travel tips here. Photo: Bfpcar Bontoc FS

In light of recent developments, travelers are urged to exercise caution and reconsider their travel plans along the Bontoc-Baguio route. As of March 06, 2024, at 4:30 A.M., the Bontoc Operations Center has issued an urgent travel advisory regarding the Bontoc-Baguio Road, specifically along Barangay Alab Proper, Bontoc, in the Mountain Province. The area has been deemed not passable due to the significant risk posed by falling rocks and burning logs, consequences of an ongoing forest fire affecting the region.

Alternate Route Suggestion

For the safety and convenience of travelers, it is highly recommended to detour via the Sagada-Balili route. This alternative path is expected to remain the suggested route until further notice, as authorities work tirelessly to manage the forest fire and mitigate its impacts on travel and local communities.

Safety First

Travelers are advised to prioritize safety above all. Forest fires can lead to unpredictable and hazardous conditions, making it crucial to stay informed about the latest travel advisories from local authorities. Additionally, travelers should prepare for potential delays and adjust their plans accordingly.

Staying Informed

For those planning to travel through or to the affected areas, staying updated with the latest advisories from the Bontoc Operations Center is essential. Information regarding road closures, safety warnings, and updates on the situation will be crucial for planning safe travel routes.

Impact on Local Communities

The ongoing forest fire not only affects travelers but also poses a significant threat to local communities and ecosystems. Efforts to control the fire and prevent further damage are ongoing, with local authorities and emergency services working round the clock to address the situation.


The safety of travelers and local residents is of utmost priority. As the situation develops, adherence to travel advisories and flexibility in travel plans will be key. The Bontoc Operations Center continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as more information becomes available. Travelers are urged to follow guidance from local authorities and plan their routes accordingly to avoid the affected area until it is declared safe.

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