Donnie Creek wildfire to become more unstable affecting roads in the area
FORT ST. JOHN -- Due to the forecasted warm and dry weather, B.C. Wildfire says the Donnie Creek fire is still a concern.
The service says they are expecting a few days of steady warm and dry temperatures over the next few days. By Saturday, fire conditions will become more unsettled.
“We're expecting to see those fuels being drier and that moisture alleviating from all the rain that we've had. So we're definitely of concern. The road systems are also very unstable, so we need to watch those with our crews and also those industry partners that are utilizing the roads,” says Paula Walbauer, the information officer at B.C. Wildfire.
Fire crews are on site today assessing potential hot spots and future ignition opportunities to prepare for the upcoming weather.
“Our crews are going to use direct, parallel and indirect methods with the support of the heavy equipment to protect our priority one and two values and industry assets. Today, we are using our aerial resources that will assess the road conditions, future ignition opportunities and transport personnel to and from the fire,” says Walbauer.
There are also three helicopters, four crews, 14 heavy equipment and structure protection on site.
The Donnie Creek fire is burning out of control and grew to 135,991 hectares an increase from 134,910 hectares a couple of days ago.
Parts of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality are still under alert. The municipality says it’s important to remember that residents under an alert need to be ready to leave the area again with short notice.
The fire is still burning out of control 136 kilometres southeast of Fort Nelson.
Also a part of that complex, the Klua Lake fire is still 26,307 hectares. The Muskwa River fire is 6,462 hectares.