Wildfire continues to burn south of High Level – My Grande Prairie Now

Wildfire continues to burn south of High Level - My Grande Prairie Now
Homes being evacuated in central Alberta after wildfire jumps highway
Officials from the town say residents are not in danger, however, crews continue to to monitor the evolving situation.

The hamlet of Marlboro in central Alberta and nearby homes are being evacuated as an out-of-control wildfire encroaches on the community.

On Sunday at 6:30 p.m., police said the wildfire had jumped Highway 16 and was burning on both sides of the road. Several homes were at risk, and residents were being evacuated.

Alberta: Out of control wildfires, extreme danger rating

RCMP said homes are being evacuated on both the north and south sides of Highway 16, as several homes are at risk.

Smoke could be seen near Highway 16 on Sunday evening.According to Alberta Emergency Alert, a reception centre has been set up for evacuees at the Best Western Hotel in Edson.

The wildfire has jumped the highway — which is impassable, RCMP said — and is burning on both sides.

"It's pushing away from the highway and it's also not burning towards the town of High Level. So while people are seeing a lot of smoke and there are some highways in the area that have been closed due to that wildfire, we are not expecting it to go towards the town of High Level," Gagnon said.

A reception centre has been set up for those who have to flee their homes at the Best Western Hotel in Edson at 300 52nd Street. 

"We have extreme wildfire conditions in northern Alberta right now, and it's really easy for any little spark to become a big fire," Gagnon said. "With the help of Albertans we can ensure that the forests and the people of Alberta stay safe."

Alberta residents warned of wildfires south of High Level and near Edson

Susan Longmore, of the Medicine Lodge Rodeo west of Marlboro, says they've opened up space in their arena and back pens for animals that need shelter.

The big factors for us is the fact that it is extremely dry up here right now, and very windy the last two days—and windy again today, Warman explained. Fortunately, that wind is going in the opposite direction and taking those fires away. But all this wind and dry conditions doesnt help.

According to the Alberta wildfire website, the blaze covered 15 hectares as of 4:45 p.m. MT on Sunday.

1/x The Chuckegg Creek wildfire (HWF-042) is burning out of control in the High Level Forest Area, to the southwest and west of the town of High Level. The wildfire has been very active today and has crossed Highway 58 approximately 20 kilometres west of the town. pic.twitter.com/cDRx0Xoh4R

Marlboro is a hamlet located 25 kilometres west of Edson, and 225 kilometres west of Edmonton, on the Yellowhead Highway.

The wildfire danger in much of northern Alberta was rated as extreme on Sunday, with the risk rated as high to very high in the central-west part of the province.

“The wildfire has jumped Highway 16 and is presently burning on both sides of the highway,” RCMP said in a release. “Traffic is being stopped on Highway 16, as it is impassable due to the smoke and zero visibility. Please avoid travel in this area.”​

Warning issued for High Level residents as wildfire season begins in Alberta

Fire bans are in place in northern Alberta, and the Edson forest area is under a fire advisory as winds and dry conditions were expected to cause the risk of wildfire to increase.

Another out-of-control fire is raging west of High Level. The fire covered 25,000 hectares, and was expected to grow Sunday.

RCMP in #Edson say they are issuing evacuation orders for homes on both the north and south sides of #Hwy16 near #Marlborough as a wildfire in the area grows. Traffic has been stopped and a number of homes are at risk.

Highway 35 has been closed south of the town, and Alberta Emergency Alert has cautioned that parts of the town could lose power. Residents have been told to be prepared to leave in case the situation worsens. 

1/x The Chuckegg Creek wildfire (HWF-042) is burning out of control in the High Level Forest Area, to the southwest and west of the town of High Level. The wildfire has been very active today and has crossed Highway 58 approximately 20 kilometres west of the town. pic.twitter.com/cDRx0Xoh4R

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“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.