Crew monitoring Siphon Creek fire from helicopter

The Siphon Creek fire, as seen from Fort St. John. Photo provided by the BC Wildfire Service.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A four-person crew is watching the Siphon Creek fire from a helicopter, as it’s still unsafe for ground crews to fight the fire, says the BC Wildfire Service.

Fire Information Officer Emily Epp says fire activity heightened on Sunday, and it has started moving eastward.

“As this point in time, we’re still unable to put crews on the ground, due to safety concerns with the behaviour the fire is exhibiting,” she said.

The BC Wildfire Service estimates this fire is 4,000 hectares in size and a cause is still under investigation. As crews haven’t been able to safely fight it yet, the fire isn’t contained at all as of Monday morning.

The Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for homes near the fire, which includes all civic addresses on Siphon Creek road, Osborn road, 268 Road, Doig road to the Osborn River, Buekert avenue, McTavish trail, and PDR Osborn ACC and Osborn Dump road.

Here is the detailed area that the Evacuation Alert covers.

Courtesy of PRRD
Courtesy of PRRD

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