“They’re (fire crews) are still making good progress on it. They’re doing a lot of burn out procedures, just kind of to create a more fuel free area, but they’ve been making really good progress on the fire so far,” Fire Information Officer, Jill Kelsh said. “It is a little more active and it is bringing smoke.”
As of last report, the Mount McAllister fire encompasses 16,000 hectares and is 30 per cent contained. Meanwhile, the Red Deer Creek fire is 36,000 hectares in size, but on the bright, it’s also 85 per cent contained.
On both sites, Kelsh says there are approximately 130 firefighters, 45 support staff and 15 pieces of heavy equipment.
As for the smoke that’s affecting Fort St. John’s air supply, Kelsh attributes that to the wildfires in the Northwest region and the Mount McAllister fire, opposed to the smaller fires currently burning near the Chinchaga River, 50 – 60 kilometres north of our city.