Gateway Gazette

Wildfire Update – May 27 2015

Current facts on the wildfires in Northern Alberta.

Fire update

  • In the last 24 hours there have been 33 new wildfires.
  • Currently, Alberta has 63 wildfires: 13 are out of control, 14 are being held, 35 are under control and 1 has been turned over to the responsible party.
  • Since April 1, 723 fires and 29,660 hectares have burned.
  • The wildfire outlook in Alberta remains severe through to the end of this week.
  • The Alberta Emergency Management Agency and the Alberta government are closely monitoring the situation.
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has 660 firefighters and 75 helicopters deployed
  • Approximately 1,000 firefighters, 106 helicopters, and 2 air tankers are pre-positioned across the province to fight new wildfires.
  • 116 firefighters and a 10-person incident management team have been imported from Ontario and Quebec.

Evacuations

  • All evacuation orders have now been lifted.
  • People who were previously under a mandatory evacuation order are in the process of returning to their homes. The local authorities are coordinating their re-entry.

Air quality

  • Air quality in much of the northern regions of the province will continue to be affected by the smoke.
  • Alberta Health Services has issued a Precautionary Air Quality Advisory for the entire North zone and Edmonton areas.
  • The Cold Lake-specific Air Quality Advisory issued by AHS on May 25 remains in place.
  • These advisories alert Albertans to the health concerns and risks associated with smoky air conditions, and advise on important steps they can take to protect themselves and their loved ones.
  • These advisories will remain in place until further notice.

Things to know

  • A fire ban remains in effect.
  • The wildfire outlook in Alberta continues to be severe.
  • No campfires or other open fires are permitted in campgrounds or the backcountry.
  • We ask that all Albertans listen to the authorities and follow evacuation orders in their communities.
  • All Albertans are asked to respect the province-wide fire ban, to listen to emergency officials, and to download the Alberta Emergency Alert app and the Alberta Wildfire app to stay on top of the latest information.
  • We encourage Albertans who are out of their homes to contact their insurance companies right away.

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