About 5,000 residents were forced Monday afternoon to evacuate their northwest Alberta homes in Canada to safety due to an enormous out of control wildfire.
Alberta Wildfire has 261, firefighters along with 28 helicopters, fighting the Chuckegg Creek wildfire. It has grown in size to approximately 99,250 hectares and is located about 3 km southwest of the town. Dangerous wind shift could push wildfire closer to Alberta town. “We’ve got extremely low humidity. We’ve got high temperatures and we’re looking at gusting winds that could change speed and direction,” said Alberta Wildfire team. The weather conditions could also affect other wildfires in Alberta.
“At this time, we’re confident with the equipment that we have, we’re checking on the fire throughout the day and throughout the coming days with the weather that we’re expecting,” Alberta Wildfire commander Scott Elliot said Sunday. The main concern Sunday has been an anticipated change in wind direction. Another major concern with the wind shifting will be increased smoke in the area and its impact on air quality. The biggest question that remains is when evacuees will be allowed back home. Essential services must be back up and running before residents can return. They should not expect to return before sometime later this week.