HUDSON’S HOPE, BC – The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for an area near the Battleship Mountain Fire.
An evacuation alert includes the following areas:
- north shore of Lake Williston;
- Table Creek south to Dowling Creek (8 km W of WAC Bennett Dam, 40 km Johnson FSR);
- Southwest along Dowling Creek to its intersection with McAllister Creek;
- west to about 10 km west of Peck Creek;
- North to Lake Williston.
The district says residents should be prepared to leave their homes on short notice.
Residents should have carry-out bags ready (which should include several days worth of clothing, toiletries, and medications), an emergency plan, copies of important documents, and important keepsakes.
For more information on this alert, visit prrd.bc.ca.
Thursday, the fire spread to more than 550 hectares. The fire is considered out of control and was reportedly started by lightning.
There are currently nine parattack staff members working to establish the protection of the structure over the values of the area. Two helicopters are on site to support the bucket.
Additional resources, including an incident management team, will respond over the next few days.
Smoke covered Fort St. John and North Peace on Thursday. According to FireSmoke Canada, smoke will be in the area for the next three days due to the Folded Hill Creek Wildfires, Battleship Mountain Fires and Hasler Flats Fires.
The air quality index in the Fort St. John area is currently at two — a low risk.
For more information on notable wildfires, visit the BC Wildfire website.
See the full alert here: Evacuation ALERT – September 1, 2022