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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:44

Wildfires and high winds devastate southern Alberta

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High winds have caused serious wildfire conditions in southern Alberta.


This situation update is current as of 10 p.m. Tuesday evening. Visit Alberta Emergency Alerts (http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/) for updates.
Current situation
    •    Crowsnest Pass: An out of control wildfire is burning near Coleman. One section of Coleman has been evacuated; the remainder of the town is on standby to evacuate.
    •    Cypress County: a fire has forced the evacuation of the northeast section of the county and the hamlets of Schuler and Hilda. Approximately 200 residents have been advised to evacuate to Medicine Hat.
    •    Wheatland County: A State of Local Emergency has been declared. Residents of Gleichen have been evacuated. Reception centres have been established in Strathmore and Standard. Structure damage has been reported.
    •    M.D of Willow Creek: several residents of the hamlet of Moon River Estates have been ordered to evacuate. An evacuation centre is set up at the Fort Macleod hall. A number of residents are sheltering in place and are not under threat from the fire. No structures have been lost.
Evacuation orders have ended for:
    •    Siksika First Nation: residents can return home. Structural damage has been confirmed.
    •    Municipal District of Acadia: residents of Acadia Valley can return home.
Wildfire activity
    •    High winds continue and intense fire behaviour is anticipated.
    •    Alberta Forestry has 15 wildland firefighters supporting local fire firefighters on suppression overnight.
Travel
    •    The following highways are closed to the public due to the current wildfire situation:
    •    Highway 41 from Hilda to Highway 570.
    •    Highway 3 from Coleman to the British Columbia border.
    •    Wildfires and high winds are affecting visibility on Highway 1 and surrounding highways near Gleichen.
    •    Check 511 Alberta for up-to-date travel information.
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