FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The weather has helped Firefighters knock down several forest fires in the B.C. Peace, but there are still 32 fires burning.
The largest fire in the region is the Beatton Airport Road Fire. The Beatton Airport Road is closed because of the fire which is now 5,500 hectares in size. There are 13 firefighters working the fire and an incident management team has arrived and will take over the management of the fire.
More resources will also arrive today to help fight the fire.
The evacuation Alert remains in effect for residents in the area and all residents should be prepared to evacuate if the fire continues to grow towards structures.
Other fires of note, the South Taylor Hill, Baldonnel and Charlie Lake – Highway 29 fires are all in the mop up stages. Evacuation alerts remain for residents in those areas.
Fire crews have launched an expanded attack on the fire at the confluence of the Halfway and Peace River. That fire is 500 hectares and currently 80 per cent contained.
Other fires of note:
- The Halfway River is now 1,100 hectares
- The Siphon Creek Road/Doig fire is 900 hectares
- The Mile 67 fire is 52 hectares and has grown since yesterday
Here is a current list of all the fires in the Prince George Fire Centre.
|Fire No.||Geographic||Fire Name||Discovery Date||Status|
|2015-G80163||Sikanni Chief River||May 27, 2015||Modified Response||800.00|
|2015-G80252||15 nm N of Patty Airstrip||Jun 24, 2015||Modified Response||20,000.00|
|G40036||Sackner Rd||Apr 18, 2016||Mop-Up||21.00|
|G70002||Boucher Road||Apr 1, 2016||Out||20.00|
|G70003||1 km N of Pioneer Road Moberly Lake||Apr 2, 2016||Patrol||59.10|
|G70033||Kobes Creek Road||Apr 18, 2016||Mop-Up||40.00|
|G70034||Kelly Lake||Apr 18, 2016||Patrol||39.00|
|G70037||Hudsons Hope||Apr 18, 2016||Mop-Up||300.00|
|G70043||East Pine||Apr 18, 2016||Expanded Attack||548.00|
|G70045||Jackfish Lake||Apr 18, 2016||Mop-Up||350.00|
|G70052||Fellers Heights Area||Apr 18, 2016||Mop-Up||450.00|
|G70053||2131 OakFord road||Apr 18, 2016||Patrol||18.00|
|G70057||Lone Prairie||Apr 18, 2016||Expanded Attack||745.00|
|G70067||South Taylor Hill||Apr 18, 2016||Mop-Up||850.00|
|G70070||Mason Road||Apr 19, 2016||Patrol||30.00|
|G70073||Carter Road||Apr 19, 2016||Modified Response||200.00|
|G70080||Feller’s Heights||Apr 19, 2016||Mop-Up||26.00|
|G80012||277 Road||Apr 8, 2016||Patrol||20.00|
|G80040||Baldonnel||Apr 18, 2016||Mop-Up||420.00|
|G80042||Rose Prarie||Apr 18, 2016||Mop-Up||100.00|
|G80046||Beaton Airport Road||Apr 18, 2016||Expanded Attack||5,500.00|
|G80048||Farrell Creek Area||Apr 18, 2016||Mop-Up||12.00|
|G80051||Convluence of Halfway & Peace River||Apr 18, 2016||Expanded Attack||500.00|
|G80059||Lyndon Subdivision||Apr 18, 2016||Initial Attack||25.00|
|G80060||Mile 67 Alaska Highway||Apr 18, 2016||Initial Attack||52.00|
|G80065||Fort St John||Apr 18, 2016||Initial Attack||250.00|
|G80066||Golata Creek||Apr 18, 2016||Initial Attack||170.00|
|G80068||siphon creek road / doig reserve||Apr 18, 2016||Initial Attack||900.00|
|G80075||Halfway River||Apr 19, 2016||Initial Attack||1,100.00|
|G80078||Km 54 Beatton Airport Rd||Apr 18, 2016||Initial Attack||237.00|
|G80081||Beatton River||Apr 19, 2016||Initial Attack||250.00|
|G80082||Wonowon 2 miles north||Apr 19, 2016||Initial Attack||110.00|
Weather Forecast Changes
We were supposed to see rain today, but the forecast has changed and we will continue to see wind with gusts up to 40 km an hour with a high of 12. The rain now could start Friday with more rain expected throughout the weekend.
The BC Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Northern Health Authority, has issued a Smoky Skies Advisory for Fort St. John, Taylor and surrounding areas due to wildfire smoke in the area. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. Consider avoiding strenuous outdoor activities.
A Burning Ban is now in effect. Yesterday the Province, the City of Fort St. John, the Peace River Regional District and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality all issued burning bans. Category 2 and 3 fires are banned. The only fire you can have is in a fire pit that is less than a metre tall.
If you spot a fire, make sure you call *5555 on your cell phone or 1-800-663-5555