A change in weather continues to help firefighters fight the Big Beaver Creek Fire near Prophet River. The fire is still approximately 8,200 hectares in size, but rain in the area has helped firefighters on the ground and in the air continue direct attacks near the Alaska Highway.
As a results, traffic on the Alaska Highway will no longer be piloted through the forest fire area from kilometre 386 (mile 250) and kilometre 418 (mile 260). Instead the speed on that section of the highway has been reduced to 70km/hr due to heavy smoke. Motorists are also asked not to stop along this portion of the highway as fire fighting activities are still happening.
At this time 67 firefighters are working the fire along with one helicopter and one air tanker. Cloudy with sunny periods is expected for today with the chance of thundershowers and/or showers this evening. There are no structures near the fire and it is not threatening the community of Prophet River or Fort Nelson.
The Big Beaver Creek fire start on Sunday July 5 by lightning and quickly grew. On July 8, the fire became aggressive and crossed the Alaska Highway causing the road to be closed for less than 24 hours.