Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Thousands fleeing wildfire in northern Alberta

Thousands fleeing wildfire in northern Alberta

The province said there are no evacuation orders from those fires.

"I'm here at the provincial operation centre, which is where the government of Alberta, along with federal agencies, coordinate responses to emergencies such as the wildfires that are happening right now at four locations in Northwestern Alberta", stated Kenney alongside the Minister of Municipal Affairs Kaycee Kaycee Madu, as well as Devin Dreeshen, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

A northern Alberta town and a nearby First Nation are being evacuated due to the threat of an encroaching wildfire.

In total, around 4,000 people from High Level and 750 from Bushe River are affected by the evacuation order.

"Lock doors and windows, take small personal belongings including pets, identification, medication, cash". People should expect to be away for 72 hours.

For anyone unable to self-evacuate, officers say to collect your belongings and head to the Spirit of the North Community School for assistance. The town is providing transportation to help seniors and others in need of help get out of the area.

Chuckegg Creek wildfire is burning out of control in the High Level Forest Area, to the southwest and west of the town of High Level.

"People are of course afraid because they remember the wildfires of Fort McMurray, but we talked to a lot of the residents and reaffirmed that we were being proactive", she said.

McAteer added that the sky over High Level is blue, but the horizon looks threatening.

Barricades are in place on all roads according to 511Alberta to prevent unauthorized entry into the evacuated areas.

"The situation is being constantly monitored and any changes in the condition of the wildfire will be posted on the Town of High Level Website and the Alberta Wildfire Website", reads the website.

Residents from the town, which is about 740 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, are being told to register at reception centres in High Prairie and Slave Lake, Alta. "These factors have limited our ability to access the fire in any sort of real meaningful way", Mr. Elliot said.

Another blaze near High Level had citizens and officials on high alert. The Agriculture Department is also taking similar precautions.

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