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MD of Greenview set to host wildfire information session Wednesday

The MD of Greenview will be holding a wildfire update session at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Reeve Tyler Olsen, Regional Fire Chief Wayne Brown and RCMP Sergeant Chris Power will all be part of the session which residents can attend both in person, in Valleyview, Whitecourt, DeBolt, Grovedale and Grande Cache, or online.

On Monday, Olsen issued a statement regarding the current situation, and informed residents about the Wednesday morning information session.

“There are a number of fires that pose risks to our communities and infrastructure, and they will continue to be updated on our website,” Olden says. “Unfortunately, areas near Valleyview and Little Smoky have been evacuated, and Grovedale and Nose Creek remain under an evacuation notice. Some structures in the Sandy Bay and Little Puswaskau areas have been lost.”

Olsen adds he hopes residents will be able to attend the information session as he understands these are trying times for all.

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As of 9:00 p.m. Monday, Brown said he saw encouraging signs when assessing the fires in the Valleyview, Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Fox Creek and Little Smoky areas during an air tour earlier that afternoon. According to Monday night’s update from the MD, when assessing the fire situations the fires were “being held with the assistance of some aggressive firefighting and the establishment of fire guards.” However, the Greenview Regional Fire Service is taking a closer look at the Bald Mountain Fire in the Grovedale and Two Lake area, as the fire saw some flare-ups Monday. According to the MD while the fire is not being formally fought right now “We will be implementing a more detailed monitoring regime at this location.”

On Tuesday the MD announced the annual Roadside Cleanups within the region is being postponed to a later date due to the current wildfire situation. According to the municipality’s website once the evacuation orders have been lifted around the region a new date will be announced.

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