Well Fire near Groundbirch

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A Well has caught fire near Groundbirch.

ConocoPhillips caught fire at approximately 3:55am Tuesday morning after an influx of gas occured at about 5pm Monday.  The well was contained until this morning when there appeared to be a breach of the well control equipment and the rig caught fire.  The rig is located approximately 30km east of Chetwynd or 45km west of Dawson Creek.

ConocoPhillips says there were no injuries and road blocks are in place.  They have also set up air monitoring eqiupment in the area, but they believe there is no danger to the public because the site is in a remote area.  Witnesses in the area state they can see the fire from highway 97 which at its closest point is approximately 7km from the well site.

Local authorities have been notified and ConocoPhillips has called in trained emergency personnel and fire fighting equipment.  The well continues to burn and the rig crew has been evacuated.  ConocoPhillips does not know how long it will take to control the fire.

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