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B.C. wildfire crosses border into Alberta

A wildfire burning in northeastern B-C has crossed the Alberta border. The B.C. Wildfire Service says the Siphon Creek blaze jumped into this province Thursday afternoon.

However, B.C. is going to take responsibility for it, as Alberta firefighters are busy in Fort McMurray and other out of control fires. At last note the fire border-crossing fire was 9,000 hectares in size, and zero per cent contained. It was discovered back on April 18th.

Two other fires northwest of Fort St. John have combined to become a single fire, forcing the closure of Highway 97 in both directions at one point. It’s now covering about 10,000 hectares and has forced the Peace River Regional District to declare a state of local emergency. Some residents have been evacuated and others are on alert.

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