Wildfire situation slowly improving

Spot fires burning at Rank 2 and Rank 3 along the Siphon Creek Fires northern flank. Photo credit: Chris Newton

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After rain and snow hit the Peace River region over the weekend, the wildfire situation is becoming more controlled.

The Siphon Creek Wildfire still sits at 85,350 hectares. The fire has a 40% containment rate. There are currently no alerts in place. The B.C. Wildfire Service says work will continue today although wind could cause some havoc.

“Today firefighters will work on extinguishing hotspots identified by last night’s infrared aerial scan along the southern perimeter. Crews continue to consolidate containment lines on the western and northwestern flanks and danger tree assess.

While a significant amount of precipitation and snow was observed on the Siphon Creek wildfire over the weekend, we are now entering a drying trend. The fuel type for this area is fast to dry out, allowing fire risk to rebound quickly. There is the potential for increased fire activity today, due to forecasted southerly winds. As a result, it is important for the public to be extra cautious when in the back country and when having campfires. Person-caused wildfires divert critical resources away from responding to naturally occurring wildfires.”

The Halfway River Fire sits at 5,636 hectares. The fire has a 50% containment rate. Crews will continue work on the fire today due to favorable weather conditions.

“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. Crews are able to work on the fire today due to more settled weather conditions.”

The Beatton Airport Road Fire currently sits at 15,460 hectares and is now at a 80% containment rate.

“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.”