Siphon Creek fire continues to grow; now 24,000 hectares

Photo Courtesy: BC Wildfire Service

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Siphon Creek Road fire continues to grow and move into Alberta.

The B.C. Wildfire Service estimates the fire is now over 24,000 hectares and continues to grow.  Most of the growth was in Alberta with small growth to the north and south of the fire in B.C.

Strong winds in the area continued to cause problems for firefighters working the fire.

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• 77 firefighters

• 9 helicopters

• 9 heavy equipment

Crews continued to establish control lines by using heavy equipment, burn out operations and air support. Due to wind gusts this afternoon, the fire continued to expand. The expansion mostly occurred on the Alberta side. BCWS continues to work with our Alberta counterparts on this fire.

The following map show the area  under an evacuation alert and an evacuation order.

evacuation order

There is also an evacuation alert in place for residents in Alberta and Clear Hills County.  Here is the area covered in that evacuation alert:

If you live north of Highway 64 in Cherry Point, Bear Canyon or Cleardale, in Clear Prairie or Worsley north of Highway 64 and west of range road 80 secondary highway 726 prepare to evacuate on short notice.

Here is the map provided by the Province of Alberta.

Map of the Siphon Creek Fire evacuation alert in Alberta.
Map of the Siphon Creek Fire evacuation alert in Alberta.

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