Siphon Creek Fire Now Twenty Percent Contained

Snow covered both the Beatton and Siphon Creek fires.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Favourable weather conditions have allowed crews battling the Siphon Creek Fire to achieve one-fifth of their goal in containing the fire.

Noelle Kekula with the BC Wildfire Service said this morning that the fire currently occupies 58,630 hectares of land straddling the BC/Alberta border, and has seen no new growth in the past two days.

Kekula says that crews have made excellent progress in bulldozing breaks along the fire’s southern and western flanks, which has resulted in the fire now being 20% contained.

Kekula added that, weather permitting, crews will begin to conduct controlled burn operations near the southwest part of the fire to allow for better containment should conditions in the area deteriorate. She mentioned that new smoke plumes from those controlled burns could be visible from the Fort St. John area starting Tuesday, and stressed that the public need not be alarmed.

As of Monday night, there were 119 firefighters, 8 helicopters, and 19 pieces of heavy equipment involved in battling the flames.

An Evacuation Alert by the Peace River Regional District remains in place in the Siphon Creek area. More information can be found at http://www.prrd.bc.ca/.