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Weekend ReadsHomes being evacuated in central Alberta after wildfire jumps highway

05:35  20 may  2019
05:35  20 may  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Evacuation order issued in Central B.C. after human-caused wildfire

Evacuation order issued in Central B.C. after human-caused wildfire Fire burning along Highway 16 near Fraser Lake, Lejac B.C. grew to 100 hecatres in 5 hours.

RCMP said homes were being evacuated on both the north and south sides of Highway 16, as several homes were at risk. The wildfire jumped the highway — which became impassable, RCMP said — and was burning on both sides. A reception centre had been set up for those who have to

Homes being evacuated in central Alberta after wildfire jumps highway . "There were a lot of nervous and very worried faces in the room," said Bobbi Foulds. The Edson resident organized the event for people from Malboro at the legion. Residents arrived at 6:30 a . m . Highway 16 reopens.

The hamlet of Marlboro in central Alberta and nearby homes are being evacuated as an out-of-control wildfire encroaches on the community.

RCMP said homes are being evacuated on both the north and south sides of Highway 16, as several homes are at risk.

The wildfire has jumped the highway — which is impassable, RCMP said — and is burning on both sides.

A reception centre has been set up for those who have to flee their homes at the Best Western Hotel in Edson at 300 52nd Street.

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Drivers are being advised to avoid the area due to smoke and zero visibility.

Susan Longmore, of the Medicine Lodge Rodeo west of Marlboro, says they've opened up space in their arena and back pens for animals that need shelter.

Out-of-control wildfire near High Level, Alta. causes 'very scary sky'

Out-of-control wildfire near High Level, Alta. causes 'very scary sky' An out-of-control wildfire in northern Alberta caused thick clouds of black smoke to roll over the town of High Level Saturday evening, turning the sun scarlet. A 25,300-hectare wildfire is burning about 25 kilometres southwest of the town — the biggest of four fires in the area. Long-time resident Deb Stecyk said the sky was free of smoke Saturday morning. "By afternoon, it became a very scary sky. It actually looked like a thunderstorm was rolling in, but it was all smoke. It was kind of like a fire cloud," Stecyk told CBC News. "It almost looked like the fire was just on the outskirts of High Level.

Some residents of High Level, Canada, were forced to evacuate in the face of a large and out-of-control Fire bans and off-road vehicle restrictions were in place in much of the northern tier of Alberta . CBC (2019, May 20) Homes evacuated in central Alberta after wildfire jumps highway .

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According to the Alberta wildfire website, the blaze covered 15 hectares as of 4:45 p.m. MT on Sunday.

Marlboro is a hamlet located 25 kilometres west of Edson, and 225 kilometres west of Edmonton, on the Yellowhead Highway.

The wildfire danger in much of northern Alberta was rated as extreme on Sunday, with the risk rated as high to very high in the central-west part of the province.

Fire bans are in place in northern Alberta, and the Edson forest area is under a fire advisory as winds and dry conditions were expected to cause the risk of wildfire to increase.

Another out-of-control fire is raging west of High Level.

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