FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for residents in the area of a new forest fire near Mile 80 of the Alaska Highway.
Geographic Area (see attached map), including all properties on the following roads:
- North West on the Alaska Highway from Beatton Airport Road to Aitken Creek Road
- North on Aitken Creek Road to where it crosses the Blueberry River
- East following the Blueberry River to where the Blueberry River crosses the Beatton Airport Road
- South along Beatton Airport Road to the Alaska Highway
An Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much notice as possible if the alert is changed to an evacuation order.
Fire Information Officer Emily Epp says the fire is 50 hectares in size, with airtankers and 11 firefighters are combating the blaze.
She added that Oil and Gas infrastructure is located near the fire, and that the BC Wildfire Service has recommended that companies relocate workers away from the sites.
Helicopters were also assisting, but Epp said they had to land due to smoke obscuring their sight.
Six areas in the North Peace are now under an evacuation alert. Those areas include the Beatton Airport Road area, the Doig River First Nation area, the Siphon Creek area, Blueberry First Nation, the Cecil Lake area and the newest one near Mile 80.
If you’re in an area under an evacuation alert, you need to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. The following article includes tips on what to pack. Click here to read how to prepare to evacuate.