Sunnier, Drier Conditions Allow Fire Crews To Begin Burnout Operations

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

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As the weather turns sunnier and milder in the coming days, crews battling wildfires in the North Peace will begin to conduct controlled burns to mitigate the possibility of four wildfires of note from spreading.

The Beatton Airport Road Fire burning 45 kilometres north west of Fort St. John is 45% contained at 15,000 hectares in size, while the Halfway River Fire has also stayed steady at just over 58,600 hectares. Crews have that fire 30% contained, and Evacuation Alerts issued by the PRRD remain in effect in the areas surrounding both fires.

The drier and warmer weather means that crews are anticipating that they will commence controlled burnout operations on both fires possibly as soon as today, which means members of the public could see a large increase in the amount of smoke emanating from both wildfires. Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula says that members of the public need not be alarmed about the increase in smoke, but that should new smoke plumes become visible to call the BC Wildfire Reporting line at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.

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