Fire 16 km southwest of Fort McMurray now 5,500 hectares | Forest fires in Canada

Fire 16 km southwest of Fort McMurray now 5,500 hectares | Forest fires in Canada
Fire 16 km southwest of Fort McMurray now 5,500 hectares | Forest fires in Canada

A wildfire raging about fifteen kilometers southwest of Fort McMurray continues to harm air quality in this region of eastern Alberta and prompt authorities to maintain population of several municipalities on alert.

According to the regional municipality of Wood Buffalofire behavior was moderate on Sunday morning, but the flames are expected to intensify throughout the day as temperatures increase.

The municipality also emphasizes that the fire has grown considerably and now covers 5,500 hectares.

The evacuation alert is for the Gregoire Lake Estate, Fort McMurray First Nation and Anzac. Residents in these areas should be prepared to evacuate without further notice if the alert becomes an evacuation order.

Smoky areas affected include Fort McKay, Anzac and Chard. Authorities suggest residents in these areas reduce their activities whenever they feel unwell or unwell.

The mayor of the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo, Sandy Bowmanreminds that this type of situation can evolve very quickly.

I know it can be very stressful given the uncertainties he writes on his Facebook page where he thanks the residents for their kindness and patience.

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The fire is approximately 12 km west of Highway 63.

Photo: PROVIDED BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF WOOD BUFFALO/FACEBOOK

Around fifty active fires

In total, 52 forest fires are raging in Alberta, 7 of which are the responsibility of municipal firefighters. Two of these fires are not under control.

The other fire covers a little more than 1,300 hectares northeast of Grande Prairie.

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