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Ended. UPDATED… Battleship Mountain wildfire… 09/15/22

We have ended our coverage of this wildfire as it is no longer a fire of note beginning Sept 25.

Thursday September 15, 2022 UPDATE

Status:
This wildfire is classified as Out of Control. The east flank of the fire is approximately 4 kilometres from the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and 8 kilometres from the District of Hudson’s Hope.

Weather
The upper ridge which brought hot and dry conditions to the Peace region has moved east of British Columbia. An upper trough is moving southward along the B.C. coast. bringing patchy cloud cover and cooler temperatures. Winds today will be out of the southwest between 10 and 20 kilometres per hour, gusting 35 kilometres per hour. Smoke continues to linger in the vicinity of the Battleship Mountain wildfire and is drifting northeast.

Fire Behaviour
On the southwest flank, smoke has lifted and wind has increased which has caused the Battleship Mountain wildfire to display more aggressive rank three and rank four fire behaviour. On other areas of the fire, rank one and rank two have been observed. Learn more about wildfire ranks. As the day progresses and daytime temperatures and wind speeds increase, the wildfire will become more active. Tree candling and a more organized flamefront may be observed later today.

Operations
• A unit crew is constructing hand guard in areas that are inoperable for heavy equipment. The handguard will connect to a machine guard which was successfully established on the southeast edge of the fire.
• On the western flank, a unit crew is using direct attack methods and hand ignitions to remove sections of unburnt fuel and bring to bring the fire’s edge to workable areas.
• A unit crew will be working around Carbon Lake to secure a 10-foot black-line near values, and will mop-up where the fire has already come to the road.
• Heavy equipment continue to build guard on the south flank of the fire off the Johnson Forest Service Road (FSR) towards Wright Lake, and from the Gething FSR towards Wright Lake from the south.
• Personnel are working to locate suitable contingency opportunities for containment lines around Wright Lake.
• Structure protection crews will continue to monitor and conduct tests on the sprinkler and water delivery systems to ensure schedules and operations are running efficiently.
• Danger Tree Assessors and Fallers are working along the Johnson FSR and Gething FSR where the fire’s edge meets the road.
• As conditions allow, planned ignition operations will take place to remove sections of unburnt fuel and to bring the fire’s edge to areas safe for crews to access.

The fire’s leading edge is from the ignition operations that occurred on September 11, which is located on a control line. Crews and equipment will be working hard to achieve containment on the leading edge on the east flank.

Monday September 12, 2022 UPDATE

The east flank of the fire is approximately 4 kilometers from the W.A.C Bennett Dam and 8 kilometers from the District of Hudson’s Hope. The fire is now an estimated 28,765 hectares.

Battleship Mountain wildfire. Sept 10. – BC Wildfire

The leading edge is from the ignition operations that occurred on September 11, which is located on a control line. Crews and equipment will be working hard to achieve containment on the leading edge on the east flank.

• Areas on the south flank of the fire are still displaying aggressive fire behaviour and is expected continued to over the coming days.

• Personnel conducted a successful planned ignition operation on September 10 and September 11 due to favourable conditions on site. The aerial ignition commenced from Williston Lake and continued southwest towards the Johnson Forest Service Road. Crews used the Utah Forest Service Road and the Table Creek Forest Service Road as control lines. The ignition was supported by ground crews conducting hand ignitions from the control lines to tie into the aerial ignitions.

Battleship Mountain wildfire. Sept 10. – BC Wildfire Service

• The ignition operation allowed crews to gain a defensive advantage by removing fuel between control lines and free burning edge of the wildfire to better reinforce containment lines for the coming days of expected aggressive fire behaviour.

• Night operations will continue this evening for crews to monitor fire behaviour overnight and perform small hand ignitions where safe to do so.

• Crews will work over the coming days to clean up unburnt fuel where ignition operations occurred today by performing hand ignitions to reinforce containment lines.

• Heavy equipment will work to build guard on the south flank of the fire off the Johnson Forest Service Road towards Wright Lake.

Sunday September 11, 2022 UPDATE

Status: Active
This fire is classified as Out of Control.

• Last night, crews were on site overnight to monitor fire behaviour and growth. The fire is now an estimated 24,284 hectares as of Sunday. There has been no change in Evacuation Orders or Alerts today. Hwy 29 remains closed near Hudson’s Hope in both directions to allow Evacuation Orders to continue.

• Today, unit crews will be working at the WAC Bennett Dam and in Hudson’s Hope supporting structure protection set up and implementation of the structure defense plan.

• Where conditions allow, crews may be conducting hand ignition operations along the Johnson Forest Service Road, the Table Creek Forest Service Road, and the Utah Forest Service Road.

• Structure Protection crews will continue working on setting up structure protection apparatus in priority areas today, including within Hudson’s Hope and on critical infrastructure. Crews are working closely with the Hudson’s Hope Fire Department.

• Temperatures are forecasted to increase into the weekend and there is no measurable amount of precipitation expected. Increased fire behaviour can be expected as temperatures increase.

Resources
• 65 firefighters are working during the day, five are working on night operations.
• 47 Structure Protection personnel are working on this fire, six of which are working on night operations.
• 12 helicopters are being shared between the fires of the Battleship Complex.
• 16 pieces of heavy equipment, with six additional operational staff working with the equipment operators.
• Seven danger tree assessors and fallers are supporting the incident.
• BCWS Incident Management Team has assumed command of the Battleship Complex, which includes the Battleship Mountain fire (G72150), Dinosaur Lake fire (G72182), Hasler Flats fire (G71148), Moberly River fire (G71778), resources are being shared between the fires as needed.

Saturday September 10 UPDATE

Over the last 48 hours, the Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150) has displayed extremely aggressive fire behaviour and is approximately 17,410 hectares in size. The extremely dry and windy conditions have driven fire behaviour to exhibit consistent Rank 5 with varying pockets of Rank 6.

Rank list – BC Wildfire

As of Sept 9, 2022. – BC Wildfire.

Structure protection crews are continuing to activate and install structure protection apparatus in priority areas today and crews will continue to monitor fire behaviour overnight. BC Wildfire personnel will be supporting structure protection operations as needed.

The Peace River Regional District “Official Page” has upgraded a section of the Evacuation Alert to an Evacuation Order. For more information: https://prrd.bc.ca/

As of Sept 9, 2022. – BC Wildfire

The District of Hudson’s Hope has upgraded a section of the Evacuation Alert to an Evacuation Order. For more information: https://hudsonshope.ca/

For more information on the Battleship Mountain wildfire please visit the Wildfire of Note page: http://ow.ly/FOnS50KG5WY

Resources
• 73 firefighters
• 65 firefighters are working during the day, 8 are working on night operations.
• 49 Structure Protection personnel are working on this fire, six of which are working on night operations.
• 12 helicopters are being shared between the fires of the Battleship Complex.
• 20 pieces of heavy equipment, with six additional operational staff working with the equipment operators.
• BCWS Incident Management Team has assumed command of the Battleship Complex, which includes the Battleship Mountain fire (G72150), Dinosaur Lake fire (G72182), Hasler Flats fire (G71148), Moberly River fire (G71778), resources are being shared between the fires as needed.

September 9, 2022 UPDATE…

On September 8 and 9, operations staff completed ignition operations on the south flank of the fire near Carbon Creek in an effort to slow the aggressive fire growth that was being driven by wind and extremely dry conditions, and which was challenging our suppression efforts.

• Personnel are working closely with BC Hydro to continue establishing familiarization at the WAC Bennett Dam.

• Unit Crews are prepared to support contingency options for ignition operations that could occur this afternoon if conditions allow. Where possible, crews may be conducting hand ignition operations along the Johnson Forest Service Road and will be supporting structure protection deployment as needed.

• Structure Protection crews will be working on setting up structure protection apparatus in priority areas today.

• Temperatures are forecasted to increase into the weekend and there is no measurable amount of precipitation expected. Increased fire behaviour can be expected as temperatures increase.

Thursday September 8 UPDATE:

The BC Wildfire Service is beginning an ignition operation on the south flank of the Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150) near Carbon Lake. Currently in this area, the fire is being driven by wind, slope and fuel load on the west side of Battleship Mountain and is displaying aggressive fire behaviour and rapid fire growth. Operations staff have been planning over several days to conduct this ignition operation and wind and weather conditions are conducive to begin this ignition operation tonight. This operation will provide a defensive control line along the south flank and help to slow the eastward growth of the fire. This operation will be supported by aerial resources. Smoke may be more visible to nearby communities.

Sept 8, 2022. BC Wildfire Service.

• Structure protection personnel are working diligently and are developing a response plan for the WAC Bennett Dam and continue maintenance of established structure protection apparatus in the Carbon Lake area. Additional areas are being assessed by structure protection personnel as needed. Personnel are working closely with BC Hydro to continue establishing familiarization at the WAC Bennett Dam.

Sept 8, 2022. BC Wildfire Service.

• Crews on the west flank of the fire are working on creating fuel breaks in preparation for a potential ignition operation in the coming days by removing unburnt material between the control line and the edge of the fire. Two Unit Crews are working along the Johnson Creek Forest Service Road northeast of Carbon Lake to create fuel free zones on the east flank of the fire, by removing all the fuel down to mineral soil.

• Helicopters are continuing bucketing operations along the south and west of Battleship Mountain.

Monday Update: Today, sustained westerly and southwest winds up to 30-35 km/h and gusts up to 60km/h are expected to significantly influence fire behaviour. Fire behaviour can pick up quickly with extreme winds and can result in very high rates of spread.

• Aggressive fire behaviour has been consistently observed on the Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150), primarily to the northeast and growth has been driven by wind. Warm and dry conditions resulted in Rank 4 fire behaviour at the head of the fire.

• Structure protection personnel are continuing to triage values around Carbon Lake and the WAC Bennett Dam.

• Helicopters will continue bucketing around the Battleship Mountain and Carbon Lake areas.

• Access has been limited to bring in heavy equipment but crews are working on developing alternative access routes over the next several days.

• Operations staff are developing an ignition plan for the southwest corner of the fire to build containment in that area as conditions allow.

Resources
• 24 firefighters
• A Structure Protection Specialist continues to maintain and assess requirements for structure protection.
• 16 helicopters are being shared between the fires of the Battleship Complex.
• BCWS Incident Management Team has assumed command of the Battleship Complex, which includes the Battleship Mountain fire (G72150), Bearhole Lake fire (G72178), Dinosaur Lake fire (G72182), Hasler Flats fire (G71148), Moberly River fire (G71778), and Crassier Creek fire (G71788), resources are being shared between the fires as needed.

End of Monday Update

We have included more details on the Evacuation Order and Alert and have updated the information below. As of 12 pm, September 4, 2022.

Below are details from BC Wildfire on the now 10,500 hectare wildfire burning near Hudson’s Hope in the BC Peace region… An Evacuation Order and Alert is in effect for many areas. Click here for those details on the PRRD website.

The fire has reached Williston Lake. Hudson’s Hope remains on Evacuation Alert.

Monitor this post for further updates!

The Battleship Mountain wildfire (G72150) which is approximately 50 km west of Hudson’s Hope, is experiencing significant wind driven growth and is exhibiting rank 4-5 fire behaviour. The estimated size of the fire is now 10,500 hectares and is growing in the northeast direction.

The District of Hudson’s Hope has declared a State of Local Emergency in addition to an Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert. Additional information on the District’s current Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert can be found on their website.

Area shaded in red is under an Evacuation Order and yellow is an alert.

(NEWLY ADDED INFORMATION) The Peace River Regional District (Peace River Regional District “Official Page”) has issued an Evacuation Order and has expanded the existing Evacuation Alert. Additional information can be found on the PRRD website.

An Evacuation Order AND Evacuation Alert has been issued for the following areas for the Battleship Mountain Wildfire (G72150):

🟥 The Evacuation Order includes areas in Electoral Area E, as follows 🟥

  • North shore of Williston Lake
  • Table Creek south to Dowling Creek (8km west of the WAC Bennett Dam, 40km Johnson FSR)
  • Southwest following Dowling Creek to the intersection of McAllister Creek
  • West to approximately 10km West of Peck Creek
  • North to Williston Lake

The Evacuation Order has been issued for Battleship Mountain & Carbon Lake area due to immediate danger to life, safety, and health due to wildfire. In the last 24 hours, the wildfire has grown from 4500ha to 8000ha.

The BC Wildfire Service has recommended this Order due to the current and expected fire growth over the next 72hrs, which is expected to reach over the Eastside of Battleship Mountain as a result of the current rate of spread (15m/minute), 30km winds, and the fire behavior.

🟨 The Evacuation Alert includes areas in Electoral Area B and E, as follows 🟨

  • Twelve Mile Rd, Dunley Rd, Eagle Heights Dr, & Aspen Ridge Dr.
  • Beryl Prairie Rd. & Haagsman St.
  • Farrell Creek Rd., Simonsen Ave, & Lahagarte Rd.
  • East of Johnson Creek FSR at 40km until Highway 29 and North until Hudson’s Hope from the Johnson Creek FSR along Highway 29.

For more information on the alert and orders, please go to prrd.bc.ca and bcwildfire.ca


More information on the Evacuation Order and Alert: https://prrd.bc.ca/

The wildfire is currently actioned from the following resources…

  • 5 firefighters
  • Additional unit crews will be en route to the fire starting Sunday as they become available.
  • 13 helicopters are being shared between the fires of the Battleship Complex.
  • BCWS Incident Management Team has assumed command of the Battleship Complex, which includes the Battleship Mountain fire (G72150), Bearhole Lake fire (G72178), Dinosaur Lake fire (G72182), Hasler Flats fire (G71148), Moberly River fire (G71778), and Crassier Creek fire (G71788), resources are being shared between the three fires as needed.

For more information on the Battleship Mountain wildfire, please visit the Wildfire of Note page: http://ow.ly/QbZB50KzClJ

Last updated at 11:56 AM Sunday September 4, 2022.

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