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UPDATE: Fox Creek still under two hour evacuation notice

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UPDATE #3: As of 5 p.m. Tuesday the fire is still 11 kilometres away from the Town of Fox Creek, meaning it barely grew. It is still considered out of control at 900 hectares.

Residents are still asked to be ready to evacuate on two hours notice. If the fire gets within eight kilometres, resources from out of town will be called in. If it gets within four kilometres, an evacuation will be ordered.

UPDATE #2: The Town of Fox Creek is now under a two hour evacuation notice. At the same time, the mandatory evacuation order for residents previously evacuated from south of Little Smoky has been lifted. They are also under two hour notice. If fire conditions change, an evacuation order will be issued.

UPDATE: Alberta Wildfire says there could be a change in the wind direction and speed of the fire burning north of Fox Creek. If that should happen, residents of the town have been told they will be put on a two hour evacuation notice.

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The fire started between Fox Creek and Little Smoky Sunday has quickly grown to 900 hectares in size. Chad Morrison with Alberta Wildfire expects the out of control blaze to grow further Monday, but there is some good news.

“Even though the winds are high, they are from the south, southwest so that’s pushing that fire away from the community at this time, but we do expect that fire to grow exponentially. We did have dozers and heavy equipment and firefighters working through on that fire throughout the night and we had 15 fire tankers working it early this morning.

Premier Rachel Notley says an evacuation order was issued Sunday night for some residents south of Little Smoky. 100 to 200 people are affected south of the Iosegun River.

The evacuation order does not apply to the Town of Fox Creek or the Hamlet of Little Smoky at this time. The MD of Greenview has also issued a State of Local Emergency for the area.

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