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MD cancels wildfire alert for area south of Grovedale

The MD of Greenview has cancelled the wildfire evacuation alert for the area south of Grovedale as of 10:46 a.m. Thursday. Earlier this week the evacuation order for the area was lifted, however, residents are being advised to be prepared to evacuate on short notice.

According to Alberta Wildfire “At this stage, the wildfire is not likely to spread beyond predetermined boundaries under expected conditions.”

As of May 24th, the Bald Mountain wildfire was estimated to be 19,435 hectares in size and was classified as being held, with crews working on securing the established perimeter. Regional Fire Chief Wayne Brown tells there is a two-kilometre evacuation zone around the fire-damaged area of the Bald Mountain fire.

“The fire currently is not classified as under control, – but that is the next step in this process,” Brown says.

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Other fires which continue to burn in the MD include the fires which make up the Sturgeon Lake Complex. These fires are also considered to be 100 per cent contained at an estimated 5,752 hectares and 3,869 in size.

The Eagle Complex fires between Fox Creek and Little Smoky are still considered to be out of control measuring approximately 73,479 and 55,344 hectares in size as of 11 a.m. May 25th. According to officials, firefighters saw no further growth Wednesday. An evacuation order remains in effect for residents south along Highway 43 to Highway 947, including townships to the west and southwest.

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