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Alberta decalres a State of Emergency as wildfires rage out of control


Edson forest area. Twitter/ Alberta Wildfire

Alberta is experiencing hot and dry weather conditions. As a result, there are multiple forest fires burning across the province.


A provincial state of emergency has been declared.


As of Saturday afternoon, more than 24,000 individuals have been evacuated from communities throughout north and central Alberta.


There are currently 110 active wildfires burning, 37 of which are classified as out of control.


Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for the following areas:

  • Parts of Brazeau County. Evacuees should register in Edmonton at the Expo Centre, Hall C, at 7515 118 Avenue.

  • Parts of Northern Sunrise County.

  • Parts of Mackenzie County. Evacuees should register at the High Level Rural Hall.

  • The entire Town of Rainbow Lake. Evacuees should register in High Level at the High Level Arena, at 10101 105 Avenue.

  • Fox Creek, Little Smoky and surrounding areas. Evacuees should register at the Allan and Jean Millar Centre, at 58 Sunset Boulevard in Whitecourt.

  • Parts of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation and the Municipal District of Greenview. Evacuees should register at Memorial Hall, 4808 50 Street in Valleyview.

  • Parts of the County of Grande Prairie. Evacuees should register at the Bonnets Energy Centre, 10017 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie.

  • Parts of Big Lakes County. Evacuees should register at Elks Rodeo Hall on Highway 749.

  • Parts of Lac Ste Anne County. Evacuees should register at the Mayerthorpe Diamond Centre, at 4184 54 Street.

  • Parts of Yellowhead County, including the Town of Edson.

  • The communities of Whitefish River and Aitkameg. Evacuees should register at the Town of Slave Lake office, at 10 Main Street, Slave Lake.

  • The Hamlet of Entwistle. Evacuees should register at Wabamun Jubilee Hall, at 5132 53 Avenue in Wabamun.

  • Parkland County and the Hamlet of Entwistle. Evacuees should register at Wabamun Jubilee Hall at 5132 53 Avenue in Wabamun.

  • Residents of the following areas should be prepared to evacuate on short notice:

  • The Grovesdale area of the Municipal District of Greenview

  • The area west of Beaverdam Provincial Recreation Area and east of the Bighorn Dam, including the hamlet of Nordegg.

  • Parts of the County of Grande Prairie, including Pipestone Creek area.

  • The town of High Prairie.

  • Parts of Wetaskiwin County.

  • Sixteen declared states of local emergency and two band council resolution include:

  • Big Lakes County

  • Brazeau County

  • County of Grande Prairie

  • Clear Hills County

  • Clearwater County

  • Drayton Valley

  • Town of Edson

  • MD of Fairview

  • Town of High Prairie

  • Northern Sunrise County

  • East Prairie Metis Settlement

  • Saddle Hills County

  • Lac St. Anne County

  • Parkland County

  • Rainbow Lake

  • Yellowhead County

  • The Little Red River Cree Nation (Fox Lake) has declared a band council resolution

  • Whitefish Lake First Nation has declared a band council resolution


Albertans who require assistance can call 310-4455 for wildfire-related information.


There will be some relief this coming week with rain expected for most of the province.



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