Rain, snow and cool temperatures help forest firefighters in the Peace

Crews hold their morning meeting before working the Siphon Creek Fire - May 21 - B.C. Wildfire Service

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Rain, snow and cooler temperatures have helped firefighters in the B.C. Peace.

With some areas receiving up to 10 cm of snow on Friday, crews have been working to take advantage of the change in weather.  The Beatton Airport Road fire is now estimated to be 80 per cent contained, the Halfway River fire is 50 per cent contained, while the Siphon Creek fire is 40 per cent contained.

Below is the latest information on each major fire in the Peace Region.

Siphon Creek Fire – 85,300 hectares

Approximately 10 cm of snow was observed at camp Friday. Helicopters were unable to fly due to poor visibility and winter conditions during that time.

With the improved weather conditions Saturday, crews are able to work in their designated sites. Firefighters continue to mop-up 100 feet in from the perimeter along the western flank, establish guard, and danger tree assess. Unsettled weather conditions are anticipated for the rest of the week.

Beaten Airport Road Fire – 15,460 hectares

This fire is 45 kilometres north of the city of Fort St. John.

Crews are making good progress and the fire containment is now estimated at 80%.

Crews will continue to mop up and eliminate hot spots on the northern flank. Due to improved weather conditions today, crews are able to work in their designated sites. Crews continue to mop up and secure contained perimeter to 200ft, as well patrol and eliminate hot spots.

Halfway River Fire – 5,800 hectares

This fire is being added as a fire of note due to its visibility from nearby communities. Due to a shift in wind, smoke may be visible in the community of Hudson’s Hope. The fire perimeter has not moved closer to the community.   The fire is 50 per cent contained.