Beatton Airport Road Fire 90% Contained

Some of the area burned by the Beatton Airport Road Fire - B.C. Wildfire Service.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Beatton River Airport road fire is now 90% contained.  Additional crews are not working on the fire over the weekend due to the wet weather which will be creating unsafe work conditions. More crews will be returning Monday to mop-up and patrol the fire on Monday.

“Crews and heavy equipment are working on the part of the fire adjacent to the Alaska Highway to extinguish smoldering piles. Smoke may be visible from the highway.”

Infrared scanning and drones were used on Wednesday and Thursday nights and determined the remaining hot spots in the fire. That information will be used to put out the sports of concern.

Halfway River Fire

The Halfway River fire is now 80 per cent contained.  Crews are making good progress and continue to mop up along the perimeter and eliminate hot spots as identified in recent infrared scans. A new Incident Management Team (IMT) will be traveling Friday and turnover for the fire will be on today.

Resources
• 168 firefighters
• 6 helicopters
22 support staff are also working on this incident

Siphon Creek Fire

The fire is still over 85,000 hectares in size and remains 40 per cent contained.  The fire is expected to receive a significant amount of rain today. As a result, crews are unable to work on the fire. The weather is expected to clear up by tonight and crews will be able to return to their suppression efforts Sunday.

Resources
• 133 firefighters
• 6 helicopters
• 3 heavy equipment

Crews working the Siphon Creek fire - B.C. Wildfire Service
Crews working the Siphon Creek fire – B.C. Wildfire Service