FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews battling a pair of wildfires in the Fort St. John area have had great success in their ongoing efforts to halt the spread of flames.
The 15,000 hectare Beatton Airport Road Fire, which forced residents from their homes last Friday, is now 45% contained. Ellie Dupont with the BC Wildfire Service said that lower temperatures and precipitation have allowed crews to advance their containment lines in recent days. The 141 firefighters battling that fire are being assisted by 8 helicopters, 16 pieces of heavy equipment, and an 11-person Incident Management Team.
Meanwhile, crews increased their containment of the Siphon Creek Fire from 20% to 30% between Tuesday and Wednesday morning. BC Wildfire’s Noelle Kekula says that crews have nearly completed fire guards along the 58,630 hectare fire’s southern and western flanks. She added that while crews were able to conduct small-scale burns by hand yesterday, the relative humidity still needs to decrease in order for crews to ramp up controlled burnout operations to contain more of the fire.
With crews poised to begin controlled burnouts on both fires, crews are cautioning the public that more smoke may become visible from Fort St. John and the surrounding area in the coming days, which could make for a decrease in air quality and visibility on area roads.