Published: Fri, May 24, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

High Level and Mackenzie County under Mandatory Evacuation

High Level and Mackenzie County under Mandatory Evacuation

Officials declined to estimate when residents would be allowed to return home.

Alberta Transportation has closed Highway 35 south of High Level due to the fire, and Alberta Emergency Alert is warning there is a chance of an electrical disruptions.

The blaze has now eaten its way through about 920 square kilometres of forest, which is an area bigger than the size of Calgary.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the Chuckegg Creek fire is about five kilometres from a northern Alberta town.

Officials rescinded an evacuation order covering parts of the small community of Marlboro at 9 a.m. Monday morning.

Fire officials have rated the fire as a Level 6, the top of the wildfire intensity scale. We advise residents to begin preparations to evacuate (fuelling vehicles, gathering documents, preparing food and water, etc).

RCMP in Edson have re-opened Highway 16 west of that community after closing it for several hours last night due to smoke from wildfires in that area.

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Kenney said so far no buildings have been damaged and the evacuation of the town on Monday went off without incident.

Almost 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in northern Alberta, Canada, to escape a monstrous blaze that has reached almost 230,000 acres, officials in the province said.

According to the town of Slave Lake, 650 High Level residents have already registered at the reception centre.

The town also says fire crews will be setting up sprinklers in various places. Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman told CTV News evacuees should now head to High Prairie.

Power and cellphone service have been lost in the area, but is expected to be restored later Tuesday.

"Considering the current and forecasted fire situation in British Columbia, sufficient personnel and resources remain in the province to respond appropriately to any fire activity here", Fraser said. "Fires have become more complicated in that there's a lot of pressures on the landscape and there's a lot of land use in Alberta".

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