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Posted on: May 22, 2019

WILDFIRE UPDATE | MAY 22, 2019 AT 9:00 PM

WILDFIRE UPDATE | MAY 22, 2019 AT 9:00 PM

THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE (SOUTHWEST OF HIGH LEVEL)

The Chuckegg Creek Fire remains approximately 3 km southwest of the Town of High Level and is classified as Out of Control (OC). Due to northeast winds and resources the fire has not reached the Town of High Level. The main area of spread remains away from town.

The High Level Fire Department and other municipal firefighters have completed structure protection on the southwest side of town and is being established on the northwest side of the town. In addition, structural protection has been established on Mackenzie County homes southeast of High Level, Tolko and Norbord.

Structural firefighters have also been taking preventive measures on homes. This includes removing debris from yards, removing patio furniture from decks and other flammable material.

This afternoon, firefighters conducted a successful controlled burn operation to create containment along highway 35 south of High Level, and west along highway 58. Further ignition operation operations will be utilized when conditions allow.

Alberta Wildfire firefighters along with air support from helicopters and air tankers continue to focus containment efforts south of High Level, and with current conditions firefighters continue to be effective, due to lighter winds out of the northeast. This in result continued to aided crews on protecting power line poles west and south of the Town of High Level.

The last recorded size is approximately 92, 000 hectares.

Heavy equipment has been working along the northeast side of the fire and continue to make progress on consolidating a guard around the fire perimeter.

There are 110 structural firefighters that continue to establish and maintain structural protection on homes in the Town of High Level and on other critical values at risk within Mackenzie County. Alberta Wildfire has 76, firefighters along with 24 helicopters on this fire. There are more resources arriving daily.

Atco has temporary restored power to Mackenzie County, Town of High Level, La Crete, Fort Vermilion & Dene Tha’ First Nation. The goal is to restore permanent reliable service as quickly & safely as possible. Power may be intermittent at this time.

The next update will be at 11 AM, or if conditions change.

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Town of High Level | Update 

The Town of High Level has issued an Evacuation Order for the town as of May 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. For more info please continue to monitor the Town of High Level Website at www.highlevel.ca, call 780-926-2201 or visit Alberta Emergency Alert for more updates.

We ask evacuees if you have not already registered please do so at one of the following Evacuation Centres:

Slave Lake Legacy Centre

400 6 Ave NE, Slave Lake, AB

Phone: 780-843-5651.

Directions: Take Highway 88 south to Slave Lake, turn right on to Caribou Trail NW, follow Caribou Trail to 6 Ave NE, turn left and follow 6 Ave NE to the Wildfire Legacy Centre.

Gordon Buchanan Centre

5409-49 Street, High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0

Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC)

10726-106 Ave (Signage is posted), Grande Prairie, AB

Misery Mountain Ski Resort

10408-89 Street, Peace River, AB

If you are unable to register at one of the above locations please call 780-502-0778. If you contact this number and have left a voicemail please recall to insure you are registered.

Animal Control has arrived and are collecting household pets that have been left behind in High Level and area. All the collected pets will be moved to a safe and secure location outside of the Town of High Level. If you have left your house hold pet behind please contact 780-926-2201

For general inquires please contact 780-926-2201. (It will be monitored 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

Mackenzie County | Update

The mandatory evacuation for Mackenzie County rural residents south and southeast of the Town of High Level is still in effect until further notice.

All evacuees are welcome at the Reception Centres located at the La Crete Heritage Centre (15411- TWP RD 1060, south of La Crete) and at the Fort Vermilion Community Cultural Complex (5001-44 Ave. in Fort Vermilion). If you haven’t already registered and you are an evacuee, please call (780) 502-0778.

The Incident Command Centre in La Crete is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the phone number is for inquiries is (780) 927-3718.

For all public notifications, please follow the Mackenzie County Facebook page or www.mackenziecounty.com.

Alberta Transportation

Alberta Transportation has closed highway 35 south of High Level as well as highway 58 west, due to the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire (HWF042). To stay informed on all road closure info visit the Alberta Transportation website or download the mobile app.

Smoke Issues

Smoke from the Chuckegg Creek wildfire is affecting far distances in our area. Including; Rainbow Lake, Fort Vermilion and La Crete. If you are experiencing health related smoke issues please contact your doctor or Alberta Health Services.


HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA | WILDFIRE UPDATE | MAY 22, 2019 AT 9:00 PM

There is one active wildfire in the High Level Forest Area. To see a map of all fire locations and statuses within the High Level Forest Area please click here.

The High Level Forest Area has lookout observers on high alert diligently scanning the forest fore new fires. Firefighters with helicopters are also prepositioned around the area ready to respond to any new wildfire starts.

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