Fires remain stable, but crews not slowing down

The Big Beaver Creek wildfire off Mile 250 of the Alaska Highway.

It was a quiet night for firefighters in the Fort Nelson Fire Zone, but they remain on alert as a number of large fires continue to burn in the area, with a chance of lightning in the forecast later this week.

“Overall, fire activity remained fairly quiet last night, there was minimal fire activity and no significant growth in the fires,” said Fire Information Officer Erin Catherall.

There are more than 30 fires burning in the region. Much of the firefighting attention remains on the Big Beaver Creek fire burning just 2.5 kilometres west of Mile 250 of the Alaska Highway.

Catherall says 58 firefighters are on site of that fire today, and are working to establish access points on the northern and eastern flanks of the fire so crews can attack the blaze from the ground.

The fire, about 135 hectares in size, is burning away from the highway, which remains open, Catherall says.

“The big message for us is we want to advise the public to be extra cautious while driving through area,” she said, noting crews are working in the area.

“There’s been lots of smoke in the area. Visibility is limited.”

Catherall also gave updates on the following fires:

Akue Creek

This fire is still burning around 880 hectares in size about 20 kilometres southwest of Fort Nelson.

Catherall says crews continue to assess the fire, but it is not a threat to the town at this time as it is burning away from the community.

Petitot River

This fire is still burning around 4,150 hectares in size near the Penn West Wildboy plant. An evacuation alert remains in effect for the area, however, Catherall says the fire has not grown significantly in size.

Catherall says crews are monitoring the fire, and if it hits certain “trigger” points, the fire will be reassessed, and crews brought in to fight it.

Mount Bigfoot

This fire continues to burn at around 2,400 hectares.

Firefighters are expecting scattered showers throughout the region on Wednesday, and a drop in temperatures on Thursday.

A warm air weather front will collide with a cold air front on Thursday bringing unstable conditions, Catherall said, which includes the chance of lightning that could start more potential fires.

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