Crews Battling Beatton Airport Road Fire Expect To Begin Controlled Burns This Week

Photo of the Beatton Airport Road Fire - Anne Lennox

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews battling the Beatton Airport Road Fire say that colder temperatures and precipitation over the weekend have resulted in more favourable conditions in their battle to contain the blaze.

While the fire, which sits rough 45 kilmetres northwest of Fort St. John did grow to 15,000 hectares on Saturday, Marg Drysdale with the BC Wildfire Service says that between 5 and 12 mm of precipitation fell over the fire’s area on Sunday, which helped to lower the fire’s activity to Rank 1.

Drysdale says that crews will continue to clear containment lines around the fire, and with drier and windier conditions expected in the coming days crews will also look to begin controlled burns around the fire’s southern flank.

According to Drysdale, there are currently 133 personnel working on the fire, as well as an Incident Management Team, 9 helicopters, and 16 pieces of heavy equipment. While all Evacuation Orders around the fire were rescinded on Sunday, an Evacuation Alert remains in effect.

This map shows the two remaining evacuation alerts in B.C.  This map also shows the approximate location of the two fires.
This map shows the two remaining evacuation alerts in B.C. This map also shows the approximate location of the two fires.

Updates on the fire and smoke conditions can be found on the BC Wildfire website, as well as at drivebc.ca, the Peace River Regional District’s website, and firesmoke.ca.

 

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