Skip to content

Wildfires near Tommy Lakes combine, grow to 11,000 hectares in size

Two wildfires burning near Tommy Lakes Road and the Beatton River have combined into one growing inferno more than 11,000 hectares in size. The BC Wildfire Service reports the fires merged Friday, May 25.

Two wildfires burning near Tommy Lakes Road and the Beatton River have combined into one growing inferno more than 11,000 hectares in size.

The BC Wildfire Service reports the fires merged Friday, May 25. The fire is located 29 kilometres northeast of Mile 109 on the Alaska Highway.

The fire is active and not contained, however, there are 58 firefighters along with five helicopters and four pieces of heavy equipment deployed.

The primary objectives are to establish machine guard and if conditions permit conduct controlled burning operations, and to protect oil and gas infrastructure and other values in the vicinity, the Wildfire Service says.

Two unit crews are working on the east side of the South Nig Road connector and north of the North Nig Road to contain growth in these areas. A third unit crew is working along with heavy equipment to build guard to establish access to Beatton River off the Tommy Lakes Road.

Bucketing helicopters are working with crews to aid in the fire suppression efforts.

Smoke may be visible to the public from this wildfire. 

beattonriverfire
Beatton River Fire, May 25. BC Wildfire Service.

 

beattonriverfire
Beatton River Fire, May 25. BC Wildfire Service.

 

tommylakesperimeter
Tommy Lakes Perimeter Map. BC Wildfire Service