Wildfire Update from Alberta Wildfire – April 30, 2023, 11:00 PM
(Includes Yellowhead County Evacuation Information)
A Fire Advisory remains in effect for the Edson Forest Area.
Alberta Wildfire, Yellowhead County and Parkland County are responding to multiple wildfires in the area.
Dry grass can catch easily and burn quickly. Any spark, hot exhaust or friction can cause a wildfire. Avoid working near or on dry vegetation to help prevent wildfires.
If you see smoke or flame and suspect it’s a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.
WCU002 was detected on the evening of April 29 and is located on both sides of Highway 22, 3 km north of Highway 16. WCU002 is a mutual aid wildfire on the east side of Hwy 22, EWF017 was located on the west side of Hwy 22, they are now combined. The wildfire is burning out of control and currently moving towards the west-northwest. The wildfire was re-assessed and is now estimated to be 2,221 ha in size. Strong winds and very dry fuel are the main factors that this wildfire is spreading so quickly. The fire is burning in a mixture of grass, shrub, trees and marsh.
Both Yellowhead County and AB Wildfire are working together to contain the spread of the wildfire. Today, we had a total of 13 pieces of heavy equipment and three helicopters assisting 21 firefighters. Airtankers arrived earlier today and assisted with suppression activities.
Tonight, dozers will continue to build containment lines to prevent the wildfire from spreading further. A night vision capable helicopter will also be working in the throughout the night in the area. This helitanker is capable of assessing the fire and dropping water onto hotspots.
Tomorrow, both AB Wildfire and Yellowhead County will have a total of 63 firefighters working on the wildfire. Six helicopters will be associated to this wildfire, with an additional two heavy helicopters that will be ready if needed for bucketing operations. Airtankers will be available upon request.
The fire behaviour today increased significantly near noon however the majority of the burning occurred within the perimeter and did not grow much further to the north today. The fire is expected to see moderate northeast winds until morning. The winds are expected to shift tomorrow sometime in the afternoon and come from the north, possibly pushing the wildfire towards the south.
Our forest area is expecting dry lighting tomorrow, we encourage anyone who suspects they see a wildfire that is not located on our app to report it to 310-FIRE.
EWF021 was detected today and is located in Marlboro. The fire is now classified as under control and estimated to be 8.72 ha in size. Firefighters are on scene extinguishing the wildfire.
EWF015 was detected on April 29 and is located 3.5 km north east of Peers. It is now classified as being held and estimated to be 46.57 ha in size. Peers Area residents evacuated from Township Road 544 can return to their residences. The wildfire did not see very much wildfire behaviour last night and no new growth was recorded.
WCU001 was detected on April 29 and is burning out of control, located approximately 9 km southeast of Evansburg. AB Wildfire is assisting Parkland County. Airtankers worked today along the west and northwest side of the wildfire. Alberta Wildfire also has three helicopters and three dozers assigned to the wildfire. The estimated size is currently 340 ha.
Visit https://srd.web.alberta.ca/edson-area-update for the most up-to-date information from Alberta Wildfire.
AB Wildfire, Parkland County and Yellowhead County are currently responding to multiple wildfires. To see these wildfires, visit our website and click on the interactive map to view active wildfires and their stats on the wildfire dashboard.
We urge everyone in this area to monitor Alberta Emergency Alert. There are evacuation orders and alerts in effect at this time. The municipalities will instruct the public regarding evacuation alerts or orders. To learn more, visit: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-emergency-alert.aspx
The Yellowhead County evacuation order is currently in place for the affected areas in Yellowhead County. The evacuation order will remain until it is determined that residents can safely return to their homes and there is no risk to residents and other infrastructure.
All evacuated residents should call 1-833-334-4630 to register as an evacuee or for more information. For updates from Yellowhead County and evacuation information, please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yellowheadcounty
For updates from Parkland County and evacuation information, please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ParklandCountyAB. Residents in the affected areas can contact the Emergency Information Line at 1-780-968-8888.
For road closure information, please visit: https://511.alberta.ca/#:Alerts
If you have smoke-related health concerns, please contact AB 811 or click here for more information.
PHOTO: This wildfire perimeter map was provided by Alberta Wildfire for the WCU002 fire during their 11:00 PM update on April 30, 2023.
Note: The wildfire perimeter map is an estimate based on measurements such as GPS, aerial scanning and satellite imagery. This estimated perimeter can change as more accurate measurements become available. Areas within the fire perimeter may not have been affected by wildfire.