Crews work to contain Beatton Airport Road fire after windy day

A photo of the Beatton Airport Road fire taken on May 14, 2016 - B.C. Wildfire Service

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Beatton Airport Road Fire remained near 15,000 hectares after a day of warm weather and strong winds.

With gusts up to 45 km/h firefighters were facing another day of challenges with the fire.  The wind was pushing the fire to the north for most of the day.

According to the Williams Lake Tribune, a structural protection crew from Williams Lake spent Monday protecting a ranch near the Beatton Airport Road Fire.

In a quote provided to the Tribune, Williams Lake Fire Chief Des Webster said the ranch is 300 acres with several buildings.  “We will be here until at least the weekend.”  The fire is estimated to be four or five kilometres away from the ranch.

As of Monday night the fire remains 45 per cent contained.

An evacuation order and alert remains in place for residents near the fire.

Below is a map of the areas under an evacuation order and alert.  The map also shows the approximate location of the fire.

The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert.  This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.
The PRRD has released this map that shows the location of both fires and the areas under an evacuation order and an evacuation alert. This map is current as of 9:30 p.m.

The B.C. Wildfire Service is also reminding the public the fire is a worksite.  The worksite includes includes any heli-staging sites and the airspace above. Residents are not allowed in the area while fire suppression operations are under way.

Resources

• 113 firefighters

• 13 helicopters

• 16 heavy equipment

A 9 person Incident Management Team is co-ordinating the response to this wildfire.