Forest Fire Update – Thursday April 21 – 6 a.m.

A fire north of Charlie Lake along Highway 97

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The weather has helped Firefighters knock down several forest fires in the B.C. Peace, but there are still 32 fires burning.

The largest fire in the region is the Beatton Airport Road Fire.  The Beatton Airport Road is closed because of the fire which is now 5,500 hectares in size.  There are 13 firefighters working the fire and an incident management team has arrived and will take over the management of the fire.

More resources will also arrive today to help fight the fire.

The evacuation Alert remains in effect for residents in the area and all residents should be prepared to evacuate if the fire continues to grow towards structures.

Other fires of note, the South Taylor Hill, Baldonnel and Charlie Lake – Highway 29 fires are all in the mop up stages.  Evacuation alerts remain for residents in those areas.

Fire crews have launched an expanded attack on the fire at the confluence of the Halfway and Peace River.  That fire is 500 hectares and currently 80 per cent contained.

Other fires of note:

  • The Halfway River is now 1,100 hectares
  • The Siphon Creek Road/Doig fire is 900 hectares
  • The Mile 67 fire is 52 hectares and has grown since yesterday

Here is a current list of all the fires in the Prince George Fire Centre.

Fire No.GeographicFire NameDiscovery DateStatus
2015-G80163 MapQuestSikanni Chief RiverMay 27, 2015Modified Response800.00
2015-G80252 MapQuest15 nm N of Patty AirstripJun 24, 2015Modified Response20,000.00
G40036 MapQuestSackner RdApr 18, 2016Mop-Up21.00
G70002 MapQuestBoucher RoadApr 1, 2016Out20.00
G70003 MapQuest1 km N of Pioneer Road Moberly LakeApr 2, 2016Patrol59.10
G70033 MapQuestKobes Creek RoadApr 18, 2016Mop-Up40.00
G70034 MapQuestKelly LakeApr 18, 2016Patrol39.00
InterfaceG70037 MapQuestHudsons HopeApr 18, 2016Mop-Up300.00
G70043 MapQuestEast PineApr 18, 2016Expanded Attack548.00
G70045 MapQuestJackfish LakeApr 18, 2016Mop-Up350.00
G70052 MapQuestFellers Heights AreaApr 18, 2016Mop-Up450.00
G70053 MapQuest2131 OakFord roadApr 18, 2016Patrol18.00
G70057 MapQuestLone PrairieApr 18, 2016Expanded Attack745.00
InterfaceG70067 MapQuestSouth Taylor HillApr 18, 2016Mop-Up850.00
G70070 MapQuestMason RoadApr 19, 2016Patrol30.00
G70073 MapQuestCarter RoadApr 19, 2016Modified Response200.00
G70080 MapQuestFeller’s HeightsApr 19, 2016Mop-Up26.00
G80012 MapQuest277 RoadApr 8, 2016Patrol20.00
InterfaceG80040 MapQuestBaldonnelApr 18, 2016Mop-Up420.00
G80042 MapQuestRose PrarieApr 18, 2016Mop-Up100.00
InterfaceG80046 MapQuestBeaton Airport RoadApr 18, 2016Expanded Attack5,500.00
G80048 MapQuestFarrell Creek AreaApr 18, 2016Mop-Up12.00
G80051 MapQuestConvluence of Halfway & Peace RiverApr 18, 2016Expanded Attack500.00
G80059 MapQuestLyndon SubdivisionApr 18, 2016Initial Attack25.00
G80060 MapQuestMile 67 Alaska HighwayApr 18, 2016Initial Attack52.00
InterfaceG80065 MapQuestFort St JohnApr 18, 2016Initial Attack250.00
G80066 MapQuestGolata CreekApr 18, 2016Initial Attack170.00
G80068 MapQuestsiphon creek road / doig reserveApr 18, 2016Initial Attack900.00
G80075 MapQuestHalfway RiverApr 19, 2016Initial Attack1,100.00
G80078 MapQuestKm 54 Beatton Airport RdApr 18, 2016Initial Attack237.00
G80081 MapQuestBeatton RiverApr 19, 2016Initial Attack250.00
G80082 MapQuestWonowon 2 miles northApr 19, 2016Initial Attack110.00

 

Weather Forecast Changes

We were supposed to see rain today, but the forecast has changed and we will continue to see wind with gusts up to 40 km an hour with a high of 12.  The rain now could start Friday with more rain expected throughout the weekend.

The BC Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Northern Health Authority, has issued a Smoky Skies Advisory for Fort St. John, Taylor and surrounding areas due to wildfire smoke in the area. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. Consider avoiding strenuous outdoor activities.

A Burning Ban is now in effect.  Yesterday the Province, the City of Fort St. John, the Peace River Regional District and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality all issued burning bans.  Category 2 and 3 fires are banned.  The only fire you can have is in a fire pit that is less than a metre tall.

If you spot a fire, make sure you call *5555 on your cell phone or 1-800-663-5555