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Yellowhead County has cancelled the wildfire Evacuation Alert for the Shiningbank area.
Emergency crews are still working in the area. Follow the directions of local authorities. Go to or for updates. Follow for highway closures and information.
Photo from AB Wildfire: View from above EWF035 (Shiningbank/North of Niton). The fire burnt in patches, mostly in spruce stands. (May 23, 2023)
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Shiningbank area residents will be able to return home at 4:00 p.m. today (May 23, 2023). Re-entry package can be found here.

Residents west of the McLeod River will no longer be in an evacuation zone or under any alert. Residents east of the McLeod River will still be under a 30-minute evacuation alert in case conditions change.

*An Alberta Emergency Alert will also be sent out later today to indicate the changes in the alert zone.*

These areas will allow LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY due to the active wildfire and the hazards that currently exist in the area, such as dangerous trees, potentially downed power poles, and ash pits that could be several feet deep. We ask all locals within the area to take extreme care when out and about, and please stay out of the burn areas.

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May 25, 2023 Update

Shiningbank area residents were able to return home at 4:00 p.m. May 23, 2023 and at 10 AM on May 25, all evacuation alerts in Yellowhead County have been lifted.

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A month of Fires and Resilience

Over the past 25 days, Yellowhead County has been dealing with multiple large wildfires. Combined, these fires have impacted more than 232,000 ha in communities across the County.

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Information Update for Residents & Public

The next live information update will be on Friday, May 26, 2023
2:00 PM
Live Online on the Yellowhead County page or attend in-person at the Yellowhead County administration office (2716 1 Ave, Edson).
You do not need a Facebook account to watch live – open a web browser and copy and paste the above link.

This is an information session for current evacuees, Yellowhead County residents, and media.

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More Information & Updates

Visit our Facebook page for updates and information. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view our page.

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Alberta and B.C. Wildfire Crews from the Structure Protection Unit will be doing Structure Protection Assessment in the following areas around Edson:

From Ansell Tower Road East to River Ridge Estates and from the southern town limits of Edson to the McLeod River.

They will be marking the area with ribbons. Please do not remove any of the ribbons, it is important that these stay in place.

Please be aware of the equipment and crews in the area and let them do their work safely.

This is for the benefit and protection of your properties and structures and we thank you all for your assistance.

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Drones halt air operations. Drones endanger aircraft and crews working on the wildfire. It is a federal offense. If you know of someone flying a drone in wildfire areas, please report them.
If it’s an emergency and they’re currently flying, CALL 9-1-1 FIRST.
Call with your initial report as soon as possible after the occurrence. A standby investigator from Transport Canada is ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call toll-free: 1-800-387-3557. To report use that you know has occurred, use this online form.

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Time Lapse Video

View a time lapse video of a fire in the Deep Creek Complex here.

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Wildfire Info & Links

Contact info and links related to the wildfires in Yellowhead County.

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Fire Ban in Effect for Yellowhead County

Due to the dry conditions in the East of Yellowhead County, a Fire Ban has been issued until conditions improve with significant precipitation. All current permits are cancelled and no fires are permitted. This includes campfires and cooking fires.No new permits will be issued until further notice. This Fire Ban is for the Yellowhead County Fire Area .

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Yellowhead County has declared a State of Local Emergency for all of Yellowhead County. The public is advised that for the duration of the emergency, Yellowhead County may take any action it deems necessary to deal with the situation.
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