Firefighters making progress – Forest Fire Update – April 22 – 6 a.m.

A fire north of Charlie Lake along Highway 97

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has lifted their evacuation alerts for Baldonnel, Charlie Lake and South Taylor Hill.

Although the alert is no longer in effect, the Wildfire Management Branch will continue to monitor the area.

Beatton Airport Road Fire

The evacuation alert for the District of Hudson’s Hope, which was issued on Monday, has also been lifted.

However, the Regional District is stressing that the Beatton Airport Road area is still under an evacuation alert.

The affected places under alert is described as the area 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 to 14962 PDR 204 back to 12501 at Highway 97N.

The Beatton Airport Road Fire is now 6,300 hectares but only 5 per cent contained.  This wildfire is currently estimated at 6300 hectares in size. The change in the estimated size is due to better visibility which results in accurate mapping. The weather is forecasted to change overnight with scattered showers moving into the area.

There are 13 firefighters working the fire.  The good news is the Beatton Airport Road is now open with flaggers on the highway assisting with traffic control.

Other fires in the region

The Siphon Creek Road/Doig Fire is 900 hectares at last report.  Eyewitnesses in the area say one home has been lost  due to the fire.  We are working to confirm the details and hope to have a further update later today.

Fires at Mile 67 and Lyndon Subdivision 52 and 25 hectares in size.  Firefighters are on scene.  The Lyndon Subdivision fire is in mop-up, meaning crews have started on the outside edges of the fire to work towards the middle.

The Lone Prairie Fire is 9 km east of Chetwynd and is currently 745 hectares in size.  The fire is 50 per cent contained.  There are 35 firefighters, 1 piece of heavy equipment and 1 air tanker working the fire.

The East Pine fire is located 1 km east of where the Pine and Murray Rivers meet.  The fire is 548 hectares in size and 50 per cent contained.  There are currently 17 firefighters working this fire.

Homes lost in fires

Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds has confirmed some more structures that were lost in the fires, including two in the South Taylor Hill fires.

Reynolds says one was an unoccupied home that seemed to be abandoned, and the other was a primary residence. And, in Kelly Lake, an abandoned/unoccupied cabin was lost.

In Charlie Lake, Acting Fire Chief Dale Widsten confirmed that some structures that were barns and outbuildings were lost, but no homes.

No confirmation has come in about Baldonnel structure losses.

No homes or structures in Hudson’s Hope are at risk at this time.

The District of Taylor’s Fire Chief has confirmed that the fire on the South Taylor Hill is ’98 per cent out.’

None of Taylor’s fire personnel are out anymore, but teams with the province are out fighting fires on Crown land, as the South Taylor Hill fire itself is mostly out.

The fire department is run mostly on firefighting volunteers, and Fire Chief Ed Albury said the crews have been working long days to get the fires out.