FORT ST JOHN B.C. – The Beatton Airport road fire is still under close watch today with a shift in weather on the way.
The fire, which is 45 km North from Fort St. John and 45 percent contained, is an estimated 15,000 hectares and has caused an evacuation order to be put in place.
With an approaching cold front on the way, the B.C. Wildfire Service says that could bring strong winds to the area causing unpredictable fire behaviour. Winds are expected to change to south westerly within the next 24 hours.
Ellie Dupont with the B.C. Wildfire Service says that they have not re-mapped any changes in the fire yet. Dupont also notes it is due to weather and wildfire.
“It’s more to do with weather and wildfire together and the direction of the wind. It is going to be a very hot day today, so it’s mostly just playing it safe and holding things back.”
Dupont also says that the area contains many spruce trees, which are highly flammable. Crews have been able to remove a portion of those trees which has made the fire easier to deal with.
There has been no word yet on a cause for the fire but the investigation is still underway.
Here is a list of the resources currently being used to fight the fire:
- 119 firefighters
- 13 helicopters
- 16 heavy equipment
A 9 person Incident Management Team is co-ordinating the response to this wildfire, with 16 support staff and a 13 person crew on Sprinkler Protection Units.
The evacuation order and alert remain in effect.