Fire updates: Siphon Creek fire now 9,000 hectares

Siphon Creek fire flared up on Sunday May 1, 2016.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Siphon Creek fire, just four kilometres south of the Doig River First Nation, is now estimated to be 9,000 hectares in size.

A fire north of the Doig River First Nation is now guessed to be 300 hectares in size.

An evacuation alert has been issued by the PRRD for the surrounding areas, and Chief Trevor Makadahay of the Doig River First Nation confirmed that the alert affects them as well.

Evacuation-Alert-May-2-2016-2-km-north-of-Doig-River

Courtesy of PRRD
Courtesy of PRRD

Four firefighters and two helicopters are working to combat this fire. Crews are not able to directly work on the fire due to the ‘increased fire behaviour.’

The wildfire is being monitored by personnel in a helicopter, and one of the helicopters is bucketing water on the fire and some burn-out operations have been conducted.

As of Wednesday morning, those fires have yet to be contained.

While a new fire has been added to the BC Wildfire Service’s interactive map has listed a fire near Mile 60 road and the Alaska Highway, Fire Information Officer Emily Epp says crews could not locate a fire last night and she says its likely smoke from other fires that was reported. However, they will be following up with more details.

Winds are supposed to get up to 60 kilometres an hour, which Epp confirms hasn’t been helping making conditions ideal for firefighters.

“We definitely aren’t finding that the weather has been working in our favour on these wildfires, and definitely increased winds today will continue to challenge our fire suppression efforts,” she said.