Fire Crews Urge Public To Stay Away From Fires Near Fort St. John

The Beatton Airport Road Fire from the air on May 11th. Photo credit Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As the weather gets increasing warmer and drier in the BC Peace Region, fire crews say that planning controlled burnout operations isn’t the most challenging issue they face.

Fire Information Officer Marg Drysdale gave an update on the Beatton Airport Road fire to Energeticcity.ca this morning. Drysdale says that crews have already begun controlled burnout operations on the fire, which has stayed steady at 15,000 hectares despite an increase in fire activity within the fire’s perimeter. The fire is 45% contained by 11 helicopters, 22 pieces of heavy equipment, and 122 firefighters led by an 11-member Incident Management team.

Drydale mentioned that crews have had to deal with members of the public approaching the Fire Operations Area, including driving into the helicopter staging area. The BC Wildfire Service stresses that the fire operations area is not a place for members of the public, especially as they begin to conduct more controlled burnout operations to try and bring the fires to heel.

The Helicopter Staging Area on May 11th taken during a BC Wildfire Service media tour. Photo credit: Chris Newton
The Helicopter Staging Area on May 11th taken during a BC Wildfire Service media tour. Photo credit: Chris Newton

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