Wildfire fight making more progress as colder weather arrives

A photo of the Beatton Airport Road fire taken on May 14, 2016 - B.C. Wildfire Service

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The firefighting efforts are getting some help with cooler and wet weather now here.

The B.C. Wildfire Service said this morning that the cooler, wet weather, will and is helping.


The Siphon Creek wildfire is now at a 35% containment and is 85,300 hectares.

“Given the unsettled conditions, planned burning ignitions did not occur yesterday afternoon. Crews will continue to clean up the area today, establish guards on the western/northern flanks, and direct attack from Osborne moving south. Danger tree assessment is ongoing. Smoke will continue to be visible in surrounding areas. Cooler and wetter conditions are forecasted over the next few days, which will aid with suppression efforts.”

The Beatton Road Airport FireĀ is now at 65% containment and 15,460 hectares. The evacuation ORDER was lifted yesterday and a revised ALERT was sent out.

“Crews are making good progress and the fire containment is now estimated at 65%.
Crews will continue to mop up and eliminate hot spots on the northern flank.”

The Halfway River FireĀ is now at a 50% containment and is sitting at 5,800 hectares.

“Dozer guard west of Farrell Creek on the SW flank is complete, patrol and mop-up continues on the perimeter where possible. Planned ignitions on the south and west flanks were successful. Crews will be putting in a contingency line to the west.”