Alberta

Update 2: Southern Alberta wildfire situation

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Update 2: Southern Alberta wildfire situation

Firefighting efforts continue in southern Alberta with a focus on safety.

This situation update is current as of 10 a.m. Visit Alberta Emergency Alerts for updates.

Current situation

Four States of Local Emergency are in effect:

  • Medicine Hat
  • Wheatland County
  • Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
  • Municipal District of Acadia

Evacuation orders remain in place for:

  • Crowsnest Pass: An out-of-control wildfire is burning near Coleman. Two barns and two outbuildings were confirmed lost to fireThe local fish hatchery also sustained damage.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for

  • Wheatland County: Residents are now allowed to return home. Four homes were lost in the hamlet of Gleichen, two homes were lost in the hamlet of Stobart.
  • Cypress County: The fire has been extinguished. Local authorities are coordinating return of evacuees.
  • M.D. of Willow Creek: The fire has been extinguished. The Municipal District of Willow Creek Fires Services is coordinating the re-entry of evacuees.
  • Rockyview County: One home was reported lost in Airdrie. Residents have been allowed back.
  • Acadia: Two homes were reported lost in Acadia Valley.
  • Siksika First Nation: Two homes were reported lost.

Evacuation and reception centres

  • The reception centre in Pincher Creek remains open for evacuees from Crowsnest Pass and Coleman.
  • Reception centres been closed in Airdrie, Oyen, Siksika First Nation, Standard and Strathmore.

Wildfire activity

  • Wind warnings remain in effect for the southwest corner of the province. This will hamper local fire responses.
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has 25 wildland firefighters supporting local fire departments and four helicopters are deployed. Fire guards were constructed throughout the night to provide protection for the community of Coleman.
  • There is currently one wildfire of concern in the Fire Protection Area west of Coleman in Crowsnest Pass.

Travel

  • Highway 3 from Coleman to the British Columbia border remains closed.
  • Check 511 Alberta for up-to-date travel information.
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