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Grande Prairie Reception Centre’s ability to accommodate evacuees is at capacity

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Grande Prairie is no longer in a position to accept a large influx of evacuees from the High Level and area wildfires.

The Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership officials made the announcement Thursday, stating the area’s hotels are near capacity, and the registration centre’s ability to accommodate evacuees is at capacity.

Since the evacuation order was issued last Monday, 792 evacuees have been moved into hotels around the GP region.

Meanwhile, late Wednesday night, the Town of Peace River also said there has been an influx of evacuees over the last few days, which has caused hotels to reach capacity.

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Officials are now asking anyone still in need of a place to stay to head to High Prairie.

Evacuation orders were extended to more communities on Wednesday, including the hamlet of Wabasca, Bigstone Cree Nation, and the rest of the Municipal District of Opportunity.

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