Wildfire Crosses Border into Alberta
Prince George, B.C. – Wildfires in northern, B.C. continue to create challenges for the BC Wildfire Service.
Late yesterday afternoon the 9,000-hectare Siphon Creek fire crossed the border into Alberta.
“B.C. is currently fighting that fire on both sides of the border,” says Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre. “There are 70 firefighters on site and 18 pieces of heavy equipment.”
Firefighters from B.C. have taken the unusual step of crossing the border into Alberta due to the extreme wildfire situation in Fort McMurray.
Another of the seven fires of note in the Peace, the Beatton Road Airport fire, is now 10,000 hectares in size after it joined with the Stoddart fire yesterday.
The fires have prompted the Peace River Regional District to declare a state of local emergency for electoral area B and an evacuation order for Mile 80 of the Alaska Highway area.
As a result, an emergency social service centre has been activated in Fort St. John at the North Peace Arena (up to date information on evacuation alerts and orders are available at prrd.bc.ca).
Drive BC has also issued a travel advisory 45 km north of Fort St. John to 49 km north of Fort St. John.
It has led to reduced visibility caused by smoke. Motorists are being asked to drive with caution and to follow pilot cars.
Looking ahead, there’s not much relief in sight from mother nature.
“The current weather conditions are not helping fire suppression. We’ve got another warm, sunny day with some clouds and some winds and that’s expected to go until tomorrow,” says Reynolds.
“There is a chance of precipitation on Sunday but then after that there’s really none in sight. We go back to sunny and above seasonal temperatures.”