Beatton Airport Road Fire: Some Crews Will Be Leaving

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

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service is asking everyone to remain alert regarding the forest fires in the area.

In a information bulletin sent out on May 25th, the Service says some crews are leaving the Beatton Road Airport fire  to return to their home fire zones to prepare for other wildfire activities.

 

Some crews will be staying at the fire. They will continue with mopping up and patrolling the area.

With wet weather on the way, the Wildfire Service says work will probably be delayed over the weekend and continue Monday morning.

Infrared scans as well as drones continue to show fire hot spots. Crews are targeting those areas first in hopes of putting out the fire before it flares up.

Crews will also be checking on foot to make sure that no area is left unattended. Where there is still fire activity, firefighters will use heavy equipment to move burning piles. This may cause smoke to be visible from the highway as well as other areas.

Members of the Incident Management Team will also be leaving the Beatton Road Airport fire and returning to their fire zones. The fire will be handed back over to the Fort St. John Fire Zone, which had been working on other fires in the area.

The Wildfire Service also said mopping up a fire of this size can take weeks, or months, and crews will continue to be on site to help fight the fire.