Siphon Creek forest fire crosses into Alberta

The forest service says the Siphon Creek fire has now crossed into Alberta.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Siphon Creek wildfire, north-east of Fort St. John, has crossed the Alberta border.

Fire Information Officer Emily Epp with B.C. Wildfire Services says it crossed earlier Thursday afternoon.

Epp says B.C. fire fighters will fight both on both sides of the border to relieve Alberta fire crews, letting them focus on Fort McMurray.

No word on how far the fire has reached across the border.

At last report, the fire was 9,000 hectares in size.  Over 70 forest firefighters and 17 pieces of heavy equipment are working the fire.

An evacuation alert remains in place for residents near the fire and the Doig River First Nation.  Below are maps showing the areas under the alert.

The largest fire in the B.C. Peace is the Beatton Airport Road fire at 10,000 hectares in size.  For more information on that fire, click here.