Crews make good progress on the Beatton Airport Road Fire

Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway Thursday.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews fighting the Beatton Airport Road fire made good progress on the fire Friday.

Predictions of strong winds didn’t come true and crews were able to make progress on the fire and create ground guards and burn off fuel along the Alaska Highway.

The fire is still estimated to be 12,000 hectares in size.

According to spokesperson Emily Epp, the fire started to move to the east and away from Charlie Lake.  The fire is still 50km away from Fort St. John.

The Evacuation order and an alert remain in place.

This map shows the area under an evacuation order and the area under an evacuation alert.
This map shows the area under an evacuation order and the area under an evacuation alert.

The Alaska Highway is still open in both direction but pilot cars will lead you through the area from Mile 72 to Mile 81.

Resources on the fire

• 112 firefighters

• 9 helicopters

• 12 heavy equipment

A 10-person Incident Management Team is co-ordinating the response to this wildfire.

As of Friday night, here is a map of the fire.  You can also view a pdf version of the map by clicking here.

Here is a map of the Beatton Airport Road Fire as of May 6, 2016
Here is a map of the Beatton Airport Road Fire as of May 6, 2016

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