June 24, 2021UPDATE 11:00 A.M.
Lobstick Area Wildfire EWF-075 OUT OF CONTROL –
Joint Update from Alberta Wildfire and Yellowhead County
For most up to date information please visit https://srd.web.alberta.ca/edson-area-update
EWF075 – OUT OF CONTROL – UPDATE 11:00 A.M
Wildfire EWF075 was detected on June 22 and is currently burning out of control 9 km west of Evansburg, north of Highway 16 and west of Highway 22. The wildfire has crossed the Lobstick River but not highway 16. The wildfire is estimated to be 180 hectares in size.
Both Alberta Wildfire and Yellowhead County are working in unified command to extinguish this wildfire.
No new growth has been reported since the evening of June 22. This morning, very little fire activity and smoke was observed. The fire is mostly smoldering on the ground and there is no open flame visible.
The temperature at the fire is currently 24 C, the relative humidity is 44%. Winds are calm at 5 km/h from the north west. The fire did not receive any precipitation.
Today, four helicopters will be assisting with fighting the wildfire. Six pieces of heavy equipment are on standby if needed.
Thirty-four firefighters will be searching for and extinguishing hotspots on the wildfire with more crew members arriving later today. The crews made good progress on the fire making wet lines yesterday to contain the fire and will continue today. They’ll be assisted again today with helicopters bucketing.
UPDATE FROM YELLOWHEAD COUNTY
Today, 11 Yellowhead County Fire Department (YCFD) firefighters will be on scene with six firefighting units. YCFD will continue with structural fire suppression prevention on residential properties.
Sprinkler protection will remain on the structures that were affected and YCFD fire crews will remain in the area to monitor all sprinkler systems.
The residents that were evacuated by YHC have returned to their homes last night.
Residents will be on evacuation alert and should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice if conditions change. There will be Yellowhead County Peace Officers and RCMP assisting with re-entry and patrols.
For more information, please visit Alberta Emergency Alert https://emergencyalert.alberta.ca/.
If residents have any questions regarding evacuations, they can call the Emergency Information number for residents 1-833-334-4630. This number will be available 24/7.
For possible road closures, please visit https://511.alberta.ca/#:Alerts or download the app.
A WILDFIRE & EVACUATION INFORMATION STATION is set up at the Entwistle Service Station (Esso) along Hwy 16 (south side) near Hwy 22 and the overpass.
The station will be open at 11 a.m. today and open until 4 p.m. today unless conditions change.
PHOTOS:1. Very little fire activity was observed on EWF075 this morning (June 24, 2021)
2. No new growth was observed since the evening of June 22. EWF075 Wildfire Boundary Map (June 23, 2021)