Residents evacuated from Mile 72 and Shepherd’s Inn

Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway

UPDATE – As of 10 p.m., the Regional District has issued an evacuation order for residents in the area of the Shepherd’s Inn and Mile 80 of the Alaska Highway.  See the full evacuation order here.

Everyone who has been evacuated from the area is asked to check in at the ESS located at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.  You can also call them at 250-794-3310.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents have been evacuated from the Shepherd’s Inn area after a forest fire grew Thursday.

The manager of the Shepherd’s Inn confirmed late Thursday that residents in the area would be staying with family and friends in the Charlie Lake area.

Residents had been under an evacuation alert due to the Beatton Airport Road fire and a fire that started near Mile 80 on Wednesday.  Late Thursday, the Mile 80 fire crossed the Alaska Highway and connected to the Beatton Airport Road fire.  The two fires are now one and over 10,000 hectares in size.

Over 100 firefighters are working the fire with five helicopters and air tankers.  According to the Wildfire Service, crews will continue to work the fire into the night.

Evacuation alerts remain in place for residents in the area of the Beatton Airport Road fire and Mile 80.

Below are maps of both evacuation alerts.

 

The Alaska Highway is now open in both directions from Fort St. John to Fort Nelson.  Pilot cars will lead vehicles through the area from Mile 72 to Mile 81.

Here are some pictures shared with Energeticcity.ca of the fire.