HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – The Battleship Moutain Fire continues to grow and has now reached Willison Lake, but the next 48 hours will be critical for crews fighting the fire.
According to Mayor Dave Heiberg of Hudson’s Hope, the fire has reached Williston Lake but has not jumped to the other side of the lake.
Although the fire continues to grow, Mayor Heiberg says the District of Hudson’s Hope remains on an evacuation alert, except for the small area southwest of the dam under an evacuation order.
That area is connected to Area E of the Peace River Regional District, which was placed under an evacuation order Saturday.
The Mayor says the wind in the next 48 hours will make fighting the fire challenge. He encourages residents to remain prepared to evacuate and plan in case the alert is upgraded to an evacuation order.
The B.C. Wildfire Service anticipates extreme fire behaviour due to these winds combined with hot and dry conditions.
New wildfire starts are possible, and any new incidents will grow rapidly under these conditions.
Fires within the Dawson Creek zone are experiencing extreme fire behaviour due to high winds combined with hot and dry conditions. The #BCWildfire Service’s top priorities are human life and safety. Expansions to Evacuation Alerts & Orders as well as Area Restrictions are likely. pic.twitter.com/hvlqqfZYFn— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) September 4, 2022
Expansions to existing Evacuation Alerts and Orders and Area Restrictions are likely to occur over the next 48 hours.
The District of Hudson’s Hope is also making sure resources are ready to help residents that need assistance if they need to be evacuated. Residents are encouraged to call the District office at 250-783-9901 if they have any questions or need assistance.
The PRRD has issued an evacuation order for an area west of Hudson’s Hope, and the District of Hudson’s Hope is under an evacuation alert due to the Battleship Mountain and Carbon Lake area.
An Evacuation Order has been issued for the following areas within Electoral Area E:
- North shore of Williston Lake
- Table Creek south to Dowling Creek (8km west of the WAC Bennett Dam, 40km Johnson FSR)
- Southwest following Dowling Creek to the intersection of McAllister Creek
- West to approximately 10km West of Peck Creek
- North to Williston Lake
An Evacuation Alert remains in place for the District of Hudson’s Hope, and the PRRD has also issued an alert for the following areas:
- Twelve Mile Rd, Dunley Rd, Eagle Heights Dr, & Aspen Ridge Dr.
- Beryl Prairie Rd. & Haagsman St
- Farrell Creek Rd., Simonsen Ave, & Lahagarte Rd.
- East of Johnson Creek FSR at 40km until Highway 29 and North until Hudson’s Hope from the Johnson Creek FSR along Highway 29.