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Sturgeon County fire update: “The focus of our resources today will be on the east and north sides of the Sturgeon River. Crews are utilizing portable sprinkler systems throughout the east and north side to assist with saturation of the ground. Without our committed volunteer fi reifghters, results would have been much worse,” said Sturgeon County Fire Chief, Pat Mahoney.
Province wide, Alberta has deployed approximately 1,000 firefighters, including 120 who arrived Monday from British Columbia. The province has also deployed 124 helicopters, 20 air tankers and scores of heavy ground-based machines. Approximately 85 firefighters from Ontario and 200 additional firefighters from British Columbia have arrived in Alberta and are preparing to be deployed.
In addition to the evacuation of Slave Lake, there are mandatory evacuation orders in place for Loon River First Nation, Red Earth Creek, Woodland Cree First Nation and parts of the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River including Wagner, Widewater, Canyon Creek, Assineau, and the Poplar Lane Subdivision east of Slave Lake. Northern Sunrise County has issued evacuation advisories for Little Buffalo and Marten Lake.
Evacuation orders are issued locally by municipalities as part of declaring a state of local emergency. The orders may be voluntary or mandatory, and may cover all or part of a municipality. Residents should contact their local municipality for the latest information.
There are presently 87 wildfires in Alberta, 23 of which are out of control. These active wildfires have burned approximately 191,000 hectares of land. In the Lesser Slave Lake area alone, 17 wildfires are burning out of control.
Multiple forest fires north of Fort McMurray required the evacuation of about 2,000 oil workers on Monday.
Fire bans are now in place across the province on all land in Alberta. The fire bans include fireworks, are effective immediately and in place until further notice. Exceptions are federal lands where there are no fire control agreements, such as some National Defence lands, First Nations reserves outside of forest protection areas, and urban municipalities: cities, towns, villages and summer villages. Urban municipalities are encouraged to consider fire bans in their jurisdictions.
The World Trade Centre Edmonton, is reaching out to the business community of Slave Lake in their time of need by offering those businesses who are members of the Slave Lake & District Chamber of Commerce with complementary office space and amenities in their facility in downtown Edmonton.
As of Tuesday 10:00 p.m. amount of land burned by Alberta wildfires was 109,000 hectares. Up to 191,000 hectares Wednesday afternoon.
Mayor of Slave Lake says specific information about which homes have been destroyed and which were saved is 'days away.'