Containment burns causing smoke in the area of Fort St. John

Photo of the Beatton Airport Road fire on May 10 - B.C. Wildfire Service.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Firefighters continue to burn containment lines near the Beatton Airport Road and Siphon Creek fires creating large columns of smoke and increasing smoke in some areas.

On Saturday, crews were successful in removing areas of fuel near the Beatton Airport Road Fire, by burning to containment lines. This activity will continue as the weather window presents itself in the areas near Highway 97. Following the burn operations, crews will be assigned to mop up through direct attack and ensure fire guards are adequate.

Burn-off operations require critical timing where fire fighters and equipment are working together, prioritizing their efforts to reach their assigned goals. Focus on these efforts ensure the most efficient outcomes.

Resources working the Siphon Creek fire:

  • 187 firefighters
  • 8 helicopters
  • 10 heavy equipment

Resource working the Beatton Airport Road fire:

  • 110 firefighters
  • 13 helicopters
  • 17 heavy equipment

A 9 person Incident Management Team is coordinating the response to this wildfire, with 16 support staff and a 13 person crew on Sprinkler Protection Units.

The Beatton Airport Road fire is still 15,000 hectares in size and 45 per cent contained.  The Siphon Creek fire is 58,000 hectares in size and 30 per cent contained.

A burn ban remains in place for Northeast B.C. that covers category 2 and 3 open fires.  Camp fires are still allowed in the region.

Two evacuation alerts also remain in place near the Beatton and Siphon Creek fires.