May 12, 2023

May 11, 2023 6:00 p.m. Update

Thank you to all those who are a part of battling the wildfires in Yellowhead County. This includes our firefighters as well as crews from across Alberta and Canada, Alberta Wildfire, heavy equipment operators, emergency responders, and residents around the County who have continued to work through this difficult situation. We thank you for working to protect Yellowhead County.

We also want to thank those who assisted evacuees throughout the wildfire situation including Reception Centre staff in Yellowhead County, Edson, Hinton, and Jasper, as well as staff in the Emergency Coordination Centre who have continued to be there for our residents.

– Today at 8:00 a.m., the residents from the Hamlet of Wildwood, Lobstick Resort, Hansonville, and Highway 16A, and areas south of Highway 16 from Range Road 81 to Reno Road, as well as Highway 16A to Range Road 75 were able to return home.

– There are currently no active evacuation alerts or orders in place in Yellowhead County, but we want to remind everyone that it is important to be prepared with an evacuation plan and your important items in the event of an emergency. For tips and advice, visit

– We want to remind residents that there is still fire activity and other potential safety concerns in some areas. Firefighters and emergency services are still operating in these areas. Anyone entering firefighting areas can impact and prevent firefighting efforts.

– Please make sure you are driving safe, as smoke may make visibility a challenge, and fire crews are travelling along these roads as well. Share the road and keep everyone safe.

Our evacuation call centre will be closed from 8 p.m. tonight but will reopen May 12th at 8 a.m. Call 1-833-334-4630 with any evacuation-related questions.

Remember to call 9-1-1 during an emergency, including if you see fire. If in doubt, call 9-1-1.

Smoke is heavy in many areas. For more information on air quality, visit For more information visit If you have questions specific to your health and the air quality, call Healthlink at 8-1-1.

Fire-specific information such as location, size, and perimeter can be found at

Information on the provincial funding for evacuees who have been away from their home for more than 7 days (total) can be found at If you’re having trouble applying online, call 310-4455.

PHOTO: Hotspots on EWF-035 on May 9, 2023. – Alberta Wildfire