The Alberta wildfires are expected to reach the Saskatchewan border today with wind gusts at 70km an hour.
In a statement released Saturday night, Officials said the wildfires now cover 200,000 hectares, or 2,000 square kilometres.
There are over 1,400 firefighters, about 133 helicopters, 200 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers fighting the fires across Alberta.
Close to 100 firefighters have arrived in Fort McMurray from Ontario, with more arriving from Quebec and New Brunswick.
Crews in Alberta have began attacking a fire from BC that is encroaching on the boundary.
That sparked an voluntary evacuation alert for the Clear Prairie area.
Northwest of Fort St. John, the BC Wildfire Service says the 12,000 hectare Beatton Airport Road fire merged with the Stoddart Road fire.
Map shows fire along B.C. and Alberta border and near Fort McMurray
“Due to the forecast for high winds, a voluntary evacuation alert for the Clear Prairie area west of Range Road 100 was put in place Saturday night. The evacuation preparedness alert remains in effect for other areas north of Highway 64 and west of secondary Highway 7 26. The wildfire is in Clear Hills County, north of highway 64 and east of the B.C. border.”
There are two EVACUATION ALERTS in effect for the Peace River Regional District, both for the Beatton Airport Road and the Siphon Creek Areas.
Evacuation alert map: Peace River Region
The Blueberry First Nation has also issued an evacuation order.
The BC Wildfire Service says additional resources will join the 129 firefighters, 10 helicopters and 16 pieces of heavy equipment currently battling the blaze that is about 45 kilometres from the city of Fort St. John.
Click here for the latest evacuation ALERTS in B.C.
Evacuation information: Alberta
- Calgary’s reception centres at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Ambrose University College are at capacity. The reception centre at the University of Calgary Dining Centre (124 University Gate NW) continues to welcome evacuees.
- There are currently 12 reception centres operating within the province. Additional details are available on the Alberta government emergency updates website:
- Lac La Biche – The Bolt Centre – 8702-91 Avenue
- Edmonton – Northlands Grounds, Hall A – 7515-118 Avenue
- St. Paul – Centennial Recreation Centre – 4802-53 Street
- Grasslands – Community Hall, Main Street
- Drayton Valley – Omniplex – 5737-45 Avenue
- Smoky Lake – 4612 – 54 Avenue
- SAIT – Residence Tower 151 Dr. Carpenter Circle NW *For Suncor employees and evacuees in camps
- Fort Chipewyan Reception Centre *For First Nation Band members only
- Town of Bonnyville – location details to come
- Cold Lake – location details to come
- Preliminary re-entry planning is underway, including preparing for co-ordinated damage assessments and ensuring that vital emergency services and utilities are back online and operating safely. It’s important to note, there is no date for re-entry yet.
- Fire conditions remain extreme, with 12 new starts across Alberta yesterday. A total of 43 wildfires are burning, with seven out of control, one being held, 29 under control and six turned over to the responsible parties.
- A fire from British Columbia is encroaching on the boundary and we’ve begun attacking it from the Alberta side, working with B.C. firefighters. The fire was located 108 kilometres northwest of Fairview. Another fire, north of Red Earth, is 25 per cent contained. Neither is threatening any communities.
- The temperature forecast for Sunday is 15C with winds gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour. There is the potential for showers in the Fort McMurray area.
- More than 1,400 firefighters, about 133 helicopters, 200 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 27 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province.
- Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under a mandatory evacuation order.
- Albertans can stay up-to-date on wildfire-related information by calling 310-4455 in Alberta; 1-844-406-3276, and on the Alberta Emergency Alert and Alberta Wildfire apps.