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Canada'Like burnt toast': Wildfire destroys homes in northern Alberta Metis settlement

19:20  31 may  2019
19:20  31 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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ALBERTA —More than a dozen homes in a northern Alberta Metis community have been destroyed by an aggressive wildfire and there are concerns that “It’s like a burnt piece of toast up there,” said Blake Desjarlais of the Metis Settlements General Council, describing the fire ’s path of destruction

The massive wildfire burning near High Level, Alta., is reported to have destroyed homes in the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement , says Lori She believes a cluster of about seven homes on the north end of the settlement are most likely the ones that would have been destroyed , although she

'Like burnt toast': Wildfire destroys homes in northern Alberta Metis settlement© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc A helicopter drops a bucket of water on the Chuckegg Creek wildfire west of High Level, Alta., in a Saturday, May 25, 2019, handout photo.

An official with the Metis Settlements General Council says 14 homes in a northern Alberta Metis community have been destroyed by an aggressive wildfire and there are concerns that more properties may be consumed.

Blake Desjarlais, the council's director of public and national affairs, says fire authorities confirmed the number late Thursday after surveying the evacuated Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement.

The homes are widely scattered in the settlement's northeast, but Desjarlais says Paddle Prairie's hamlet is also at risk and the total number of properties destroyed could rise depending on fire conditions.

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More than a dozen homes have been destroyed in Paddle Prairie and there are concerns that Read more: Evacuees told to head for Edmonton as northern Alberta wildfires burn out of control. "It's like a burnt piece of toast up there," said Blake Desjarlais of the Metis Settlements General Council.

An official with a northern Alberta Métis settlement says his community is being left behind by the province when it comes to support and services in the Along with the homes lost, 80 more are at high risk, according to Blake Desjarlais, director of public and national affairs with the Métis Settlements

He says none of the homes was insured and it's hoped the Alberta government will bring in modular housing to accommodate displaced owners.

The province said Thursday the Chuckegg Creek wildfire had grown to 2,300 square kilometres.

Authorities also said the number of northern fire evacuees had swelled to roughly 10,000 from about 5,000.

"It's like a burnt piece of toast up there," said Desjarlais as he described the path of destruction in Paddle Prairie. "The whole land has been scorched."

About 800 people live in the settlement, which is about 760 kilometres northwest of Edmonton and has an estimated 245 houses.

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