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Wildfire evacuation order issued for residents south, southeast of High Level, Alberta

Chuckegg Creek wildfire burning out of control in the High Level Forest Area, to the southwest and west of the town of High Level.Images supplied. May 19, 2019.
Chuckegg Creek wildfire is burning out of control in the High Level Forest Area, to the southwest and west of the town of High Level. Images supplied. - May 19, 2019. - PostMedia

1:21 p.m. Mackenzie County issues mandatory evacuation order for those living south, southeast of High Level

A mandatory evacuation order was put in place for residents living south and southeast of High Level, as well as those south of the Bushe River Reserve due to wildfire threat.

An alert, issued by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency on behalf of Mackenzie County, said crews will be going door to door to contact affected residents and staffed barricades will be set up on roads to ensure only authorized people enter the evacuation zones.

Evacuees are being instructed to register at the Town of High Level’s arena, 10101-105 Avenue.

10:06 a.m. High Level fire update

The eastern flank of the fire near the Town of High Level had slow growth overnight, the municipality said in a Facebook post. The local fire department was setting up sprinkler protection systems in town and at the nearby Tolko mill.

The town was in no immediate danger but residents were told to be ready to evacuate if conditions change.

Residents were advised to “fire smart their properties by removing wood piles, patio furniture, debris and other flammable items.

9:13 a.m. Marlboro fire update

Officials rescinded an evacuation order covering parts of the small community of Marlboro at 9 a.m. Monday morning. Residents were allowed back into the area west of Edson but were told they may need to evacuate again if the fire situation changes.

Checkpoints were in place to prevent non-residents from entering the evacuation area. Livestock and pets evacuated earlier were not to be returned to the evacuation zone. Officials said residents were being given an opportunity to return to their homes to gather medications, supplies and other belongings.

8 a.m.

Six out of control wildfires were burning in Alberta Monday morning — one of which has prompted evacuations in a small community near Edson.

Another blaze near High Level had citizens and officials on high alert.

Authorities closed Highway 16 in both directions west of Edson late Sunday night due to smoke from a nearby wildfire.

The fire, about 22 kilometres west of Edson, prompted the evacuation of several homes and a recreation area in the small community of Marlboro. A reception centre had been established at the Best Western Hotel in Edson, 300 52 Street. Evacuees are advised to call 1-833-334-4630 for information.

RCMP said in an 11 p.m. news release that around 10 people had checked into Edson hotels, while others were staying with friends or family. No injuries or damaged to property had been reported.

According to Alberta Emergency Alert , Highway 16 reopened as of midnight on May 20.

Meanwhile, in High Level, residents are being asked to be vigilant as a wildfire burned south and west of the town. There was no immediate danger to the town, but residents were told to be ready to leave if conditions change.

The wildfire had crossed Highway 58 west of High Level as of 8 p.m. Sunday. ATCO Electric was not anticipating any power supply disruptions as of that time.

Alberta Transportation closed Highway 35 south of High Level Sunday evening, according to the town’s Facebook page . A detour was in place using Highway 697 and Highway 88.

Highway 58 west of High Level was also closed with a detour in place via Zama Road.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Copyright Postmedia Network Inc., 2019

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