FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite summer-like temperatures and gusty winds in the past week, crews battling wildfires in the BC Peace Region have made incredible progress in containing several notable wildfires.
The massive Siphon Creek Wildfire, which covers an estimated 85,300 hectares approximately 45 kilometres north east of Fort St. John, is now 80% contained by crews. Crews from Ontario, who are battling the fire in Alberta, continue to collaborate with their colleagues in BC who have 64 firefighters, 5 helicopters, and 5 pieces of heavy equipment deployed to the fire’s perimeter.
Crews continue to patrol the fire and mop-up and hotspots found from scans. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding area for the next few days as crews conduct burn-off operations to remove pockets of unburned fuel around the perimeter of the fire.
Both the Beatton Airport Road and Halfway River Fires are currently at 90% containment. The fire camp in Hudson’s Hope has been demobilised due to less activity from the Halfway River fire. 24 firefighters and 3 helicopters are working that fire, with an additional 73 firefighters and 2 pieces of heavy equipment working the Beatton Airport Road Fire.