HUDSON’S HOPE, BC – Two additional crews arrived Friday to “clear” an area of the Battleship Mountain fire, according to the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).
Unit crews are extinguishing any fire that has crossed the containment line from north of Gaylard Creek along Table Forest Service Road to Williston Lake, BCWS said.
They will also look for opportunities to use manual ignitions to eliminate pockets of unburnt fuel.
BCWS says showers are expected in the area Friday evening.
The amount of precipitation forecast is variable, but may reduce fire behavior and activity.
A team from the unit continues to work near the Johnson Creek Forest Service Road to secure the roadside containment line.
A second unit team is located at the western end of the Burns Forest Service Road, BCWS says.
This team will use direct attack methods and manual ignitions to clear sections of unburned fuel to bring the edge of the fire to more accessible areas.
Additionally, BCWS says this crew will establish a fuel-free zone and pipe lay to contain the western flank of the fire.
On the southeast flank of the fire, another unit crew is building a handguard and creating a fuel-free zone in places inaccessible to heavy equipment.
This guard will be connected to a machine guard nearing completion on the southeast flank.
BCWS says helicopters will be used for water delivery and collection operations on the west, south and southeast flanks of the fire, visibility and weather conditions permitting.
A lighting specialist and a helicopter will carry out the planned lightings on parts of the south-west and south-east flanks if it is safe to do so.
Structure protection teams also continue to manage equipment and resources as needed.
Hazard tree assessors and fellers continue to focus on Johnson Creek Forest Service Road and Gething Forest Service Road, where the edge of the fire met the road.
The Battleship Mountain wildfire is still classified as out of control by the BCWS.
The eastern flank of the fire remains approximately four kilometers from the WAC Bennett Dam and eight kilometers from the Hudson’s Hope District.
There are currently 90 firefighters, 17 pieces of heavy equipment and six hazard assessors and tree fellers supporting work on this wildfire.
In addition, 61 structure protection personnel are working, five of whom are working on night operations.
Eleven helicopters are shared between the Battleship Complex fires.
The District of Hudson’s Hope has declared a state of emergency, and the District and Regional District of Peace River have issued an evacuation order for the area.
A recent PRRD update indicates that registered livestock producers can find more information on relocation and compensation on the BC Emergency Management website or contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200.
Additional emergency support available in Fort St. John for evacuees has been extended through Sunday, September 18.
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