Wildfire danger rises again in Rocky Mountain House forest region


Wildfire danger in the Rocky Mountain House forest area rose to a high level on Tuesday as efforts to extinguish the wildfire west of Nordegg continued.

But a mandatory evacuation order issued by Clearwater County has been lifted and replaced with an evacuation alert for the provincial recreation areas of Snow Creek, Dry Haven, Fish Lake and Goldeye Lake, Frontier Lodge and the Center for Outdoors. Education.

An evacuation alert means residents and visitors to areas should be packed and ready to leave on short notice if wildfire conditions change. This evacuation alert will remain in place until further wildfire control and containment measures are achieved.

The evacuation alert for Nordegg was previously lifted.

The wildfire, discovered July 19 about 12 miles west of Nordegg in the Rocky Mountain House forest area, remained classified as being held at 507 hectares.

Haven Road and the area remain closed to public access to allow firefighting operations to continue safely.

On Tuesday, 73 wildland firefighters, including some from British Columbia, and 11 helicopters swept through the wildfire. Heavy machinery and workers were also on hand to build a firewall.

Helicopters, heavy equipment and wildland firefighters will continue to battle the blaze on Wednesday as temperatures could reach 27°C, with southeasterly winds at 10 kph.

Bulldozers will work along the southeast and southwest edges of the fire.

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