HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Crews fighting the Halfway River Fire faced an uphill battle with hot and dry conditions this past weekend.
The fire, which is burning approximately thirty kilometres north east of Hudson’s Hope, grew by 600 hectares on Sunday, and now occupies an area of approximately 2,000 hectares. The 86 firefighters, 5 helicopters, and 3 pieces of heavy machinery have that fire 50% contained right.
Fire Information Officer Hailey Williams says that the fire’s spread took it in a north-westerly direction, and that crews have maintained fire guards along the western and south-western flanks which are closest to structures near the blaze. Williams added that crews will continue to maintain these lines, but that high winds forecast for today could push the fire closer to the river.
While no evacuation alert has been posted for the area, Williams says that crews are closely watching the weather, and are working closely with the Peace River Regional District in monitoring the situation in case an alert needs to be put into effect.