Residents, wildfire crews control brush fire at Coffee Creek

A small brush fire that began at Coffee Creek just north of Fort St. John on Saturday was quickly contained by residents and BC Wildfire crews.

Strong winds from the southwest this afternoon quickly whipped up the fire around 2 p.m., which started somewhere behind the regional district transfer site between the 252 and Dump roads just off the Alaska Highway.

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Residents and fire personnel were quick to respond, with planes dropping two loads of retardant to stop the fire's spread across the highway and toward the Coffee Creek subdivision and RV park.

Three BC Wildfire Service crews were called in, while private water trucks also assisted.

The fire is estimated around five hectares, and was under control as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Crews were just heading to fight the fire on the ground at the time.

The forecast calls for warm, windy weather throughout the weekend.

Rain is forecast for Thursday.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca

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Fire smoke at Coffee Creek blowing across the Alaska Highway north of Fort St. John, May 11, 2019. - Matt Preprost
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Fire just off the 252 Road north of Fort St. John, May 11, 2019. - Matt Preprost
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Equipment creating a fire break at Coffee Creek, May 11, 2019. - Matt Preprost
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BC Wildfire Service crew members head into the bush at Coffee Creek, May 11, 2019. - Matt Preprost
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Brush fire at Coffee Creek behind the Mile 62.5 transfer site. - Matt Preprost
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Kristan Moebis soaks the ground along the 252 Road at Coffee Creek, May 11, 2019, to stop the spread of a brush fire. - Matt Preprost
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