FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that the Siphon Creek Fire now covers an area of over 58,000 hectares straddling the BC/AB border.
Noelle Kekula with the Wildfire Management Branch says that the fire saw limited growth on Saturday, while 9 mm of precipitation on Sunday limited the fire to 41,470 hectares in BC, and 17,160 hectares in Alberta.
119 firefighters, as well as 23 support staff, 19 pieces of heavy equipment, and 8 helicopters are currently battling the fire, which sits roughly four kilometres south of the Doig River First Nation.
Kekula says that with drier conditions expected later in the week, crews will continue to bulldoze containment lines around the fire, as well as focusing on conducting controlled burns on the fire’s southern flank that poses a greater threat to surrounding infrastructure.
An Evacuation Alert currently remains in the area around the fire, and Kekula stressed that despite the rain over the weekend the public needs to respect the ban on Category 2 and 3 fires in the region, and to remain vigilant as the weather warms up over the coming days.