Wet and cold weather brings some relief to wildfires but also causes delays

Photo Courtesy: B.C. Wildfire Service

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While many were hoping the rain and colder temperatures would help the wildfires, it is actually causing trouble for some.

The Siphon Creek Wildfire still sits at 85,300 hectares. But with the winter conditions, work is hard to continue with.

“The recent wet and unsettled weather conditions have significantly impeded road access to the fire. Helicopters are unable to fly due to poor visibility and winter conditions. Approximately 4-5 cm of snow was observed at camp this morning and 10 cm is forecasted by this evening. Given the unsafe work conditions due to falling trees and unpassable road conditions, crews are not working on the line today until conditions improve. Today a new Ontario incident management team is taking over command on the Alberta side of the border. Both the BC and Ontario team continue to work collaboratively. Ongoing communications with the oil and gas companies and stakeholders is happening on a regular basis.

The Halfway River fire still sits at 5,800 hectares with a 50% containment rate.

“Dozer guard west of Farrell Creek on the SW flank is complete with patrol and mop-up continuing when conditions allow. Crews will be putting in a contingency line to the west and direct attack will occur on the north flank of the fire. Wet, cold, and unsettled conditions may make work a challenge today and crews will be working a shorter day for safety reasons.”

The Beatton Road Airport fire is making progress. It currently sits at 14,460 hectares and is 65% contained.

“Crews are making good progress and the fire containment is now estimated at 65%.

Crews will continue to mop up and eliminate hot spots on the northern flank.”

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