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800 residents evacuated with Battleship Mountain fire out of control at almost 25,000 hectares

65 firefighters battle the blaze.
Battleship Mountain.

As of Sunday at the Battleship Mountain wildfiire, there are currently 65 firefighters as well as five night operations staff, and 47 structure protection personnel, 6 of which are working overnight.

There are 16 pieces of heavy equipment and six additional operational staff working with equipment operators. Seven danger tree assessors and fallers are supporting the incident and 12 helicopters are being shared between the fires of Battleship as needed.

Sunday plans

Sunday will see unit crews 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 and wind increase.

The District of Hudson's Hope has previously declared a State of Local Emergency and an Evacuation Order for the Municipality of Hudson's Hope.

The Peace River Regional District has upgraded the Evacuation Alert to an Evacuation Order.

The City of Fort St. John has set up an Emergency Support Services (ESS) centre at the North Peace Arena. The requirement is that ALL residents, even if they have family or friends they're staying with, contact ESS at (250) 794-3310 to confirm they are safe and evacuated.

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