Update 16: Northwest Alberta wildfires (June 6 at 6 p.m.)
Wet, cooler weather has contributed to conditions that make it easier for fighting wildfires across the province. Rain continues to fall in many areas of Alberta while the High Level area experiences cool temperatures.
Approximately 4,800 evacuees remain displaced. Steen River and Trout Lake evacuees are now eligible for evacuation payments.
The following communities remain on evacuation alert:
- Keg River, Carcajou and all residents from the northern border of the County of Northern Lights to Township Road 922 (Notikewin Road)
- Hamlet of Sandy Lake
- Town of Slave Lake
- MD of Lesser Slave Lake, including Old Smith Highway, Mitsue, Poplar Lane, Fawcett Lake, Eben Road and Bayer Road
- Peerless Lake area of Peerless Trout First Nation
- Town of Manning and some surrounding areas
- Mackenzie County: everyone north and south of the Peace River from Township Road 1030 north to Township Road 1110, west of Range Road 120 to Highway 35 south and southeast of High Level, and east of Range Road 180 (Blue Hills Road)
Mandatory evacuations remain in place for:
- Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement
- Some areas of Mackenzie County: west of Blues Creek, north of Highway 697, west of Blue Hills Road (RR 180) and north of Township Road 1030 and La Crete Ferry Campground to the Peace River.
- Steen River
- The Trout Lake area of Peerless Trout First Nation
- Bigstone Cree Nation
- Parts of the MD of Opportunity No. 17
- Hamlet of Wabasca – Desmarais
- Hamlet of Sandy Lake
- Chipewyan Lake Village
- Chuckegg Creek wildfire, southwest of High Level, is about 275,985 hectares.
- Jackpot Creek wildfire, approximately 11 kilometres north of Lutose, is about 28,100 hectares.
- McMillan Wildfire Complex, southwest of Bigstone Cree Nation, is more than 248,000 hectares.
- Battle Wildfire Complex in Peace River is about 56,200 hectares.
- There are more than 2,100 wildland and structural firefighters and staff, approximately 223 helicopters and 28 air tankers and heavy equipment on these fires.
- Check Alberta Emergency Alerts for more detailed and frequently updated information.
- People driving in fire-affected areas should carry enough fuel, as it may not be readily available.
Visit emergency.alberta.ca for detailed and frequently updated information.
- Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility in parts of the province.
- Much of northwestern Alberta is under a special air quality statement.
- Individuals may experience symptoms, such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
- If you experience breathing difficulties, find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated.
- Alberta Wildfire recommends checking FireSmoke.ca to find out where the smoke is coming from.