Winds have picked up over the Battleship Mountain Wildfire. Crews continue their attack as the fire’s behaviour remains aggressive.

The winds today are blowing out of the southwest between 10 and 20 km/hr, and gusting up to 35km/hr. This is causing the fire to become more active.

Smoke in the area is also persisting and drifting northeast toward Fort St. John. The North and South Peace Regions remain under an air quality advisory due to the smoky conditions.

Crews are still hard at work reinforcing the containment line on the east flank, which is just 8km from Hudson’s Hope. Firefighters are also using heavy equipment to build a guard on the south flank.

A crew is also working around Carbon Lake to protect structures there. They are creating a “black-line” – a ten-foot stretch of burned area which is kept wet to act as a strong fire guard. Crews are also mopping up areas where the fire has already come to the road.

Planned ignitions are continuing to remove fuel and make the fire’s edge more accessible for firefighters.

The blaze is still roughly the size it was yesterday, at just under 30,000 hectares. Hudson’s Hope and the surrounding areas remain under an evacuation order. So far, no structures have been lost.