Contractor told to pay $15 million for the cost of fighting Beatton Airport Road Forest Fire

Must Read

Large power outage in the South Peace

UPDATE as of 10:45pm - Power has been restored to the majority of customers. For updates...

Ardill family ranch celebrates 100 years

FORT ST. JOHN - The Ardill family is celebrating 100 years of ranching in British Columbia in...

Two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Northern Health Region, 50 new cases across BC

VICTORIA, B.C. - The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Northern Health Region is up to...
Adam Reaburn
Adam Reaburn
Adam moved to Fort St. John in 2004 and he now owns both Moose FM and

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Government wants a B.C. Logging contract to pay for the cost associated with the 2016 Beatton Airport Road forest fire.

In a report by the CBC, the Province wants J. Sarver Trucking Ltd. to pay over $15 million to cover the cost of fighting the wildfire.

The bill includes $12 million for fire fighting costs, $3.7 million for damage to Crown timber and a $20,000 administrative penalty for causing the fire.

- Advertisement -

Community Interviews with Moose FM

The CBC says the contract held a timber sale licence for land near where the Beatton Airport River fire started. On April 7, 2016, J. Sarver Trucking received a burn registration number to burn any remaining piles on the property on April 8, 2016. The forest fire started ten days later.

The owner of the trucking company owner is appealing the order, saying the Ministry of Forests failed to consider the possibility of arson. The B.C. Wildfire Service report says J. Sarver Trucking didn’t establish proper fuel breaks and failed to monitor the burn piles.

Read the rest of the story from the CBC by clicking here.

The fire grew to over 15,000 hectares in size and took over a month to put out.

More Articles Like This