Rain helps Beatton River forest fire

Rain Monday night has helped to extinguish a fire near the Beatton River.

The fire started Sunday and immediately grew to over 350 hectares in size. With the help of rain on Monday night, the fire is now 100% contained and crews have now started to mop-up the fire.

Forty-four firefighters will work with one helicopter and four pieces of heavy equipment to fully extinguish any remaining hot spots within the fire.

The evacuation alert issued by the Peace River Regional District has been lifted.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the Ministry of Forests would like to remind the public that 129 fires have started since April 1st, 2010 in the Prince George Fire Centre and of those, 104 have been human caused.

The fire danger rating remains high to extreme throughout the region and the Prince George Fire Centre urges the public to exercise extreme caution with any open fires or heat sources. 

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