20 firefighters to help combat Beatton Airport Road fire

The Forest Service has provided this photo of the Beatton Airport Road Fire.

UPDATE:  As of 2 p.m. Monday, the Regional District has lifted the evacuation alert for the area affected by the Beatton Airport Road Fire.



FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to the BC Wildfire Service, as of 11 a.m. today, the Beatton Airport Road fire is 7,035 hectares in size.

The change in the estimated size has occurred because of more accurate mapping of the affected area.

Fire Information Officer Noelle Kekula says about 20 more firefighters are expected to start helping on the fire tomorrow.

While the rain definitely helped with containment measures over the weekend, she says a warmer forecast and gusts of wind expected this week has the team concerned about those conditions.

“We have concerns that … it will dry it out quite quickly again,” she said. “There are still some hot spots on the fire that we’re trying to extinguish.”

Even with damp, cold conditions this weekend, the Rank 1 fire has been creeping through areas of dense ground fuels and burning areas. The BC Wildfire service says those were missed before because of wind direction and fuel concentration.

The fire is 30 per cent contained, and the surrounded area is still on evacuation alert. It is in effect from 12501 Highway 97N south to the intersection at 258 Road, East to the intersection of 283 Road, North 6.5 km continuing Northwest 9 km to the Beatton Airport Road, West 14962 PDR 204 back to 12501 at Highway 97N.

Beatton Airport Road itself is open.