Separate wildfires prompt evacuation alert, highway closure in northern Alberta

The Edmonton Journal
April 21, 2024
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada

ALBERTA — Residents of Saprae Creek east of Fort McMurray have been put on an evacuation alert late Sunday due to a wildfire spreading toward the community. …An alert is a warning, and not the same as an evacuation order that requires residents to leave. In a separate developing situation, a forest fire on the southern edge of Lesser Slave Lake has forced the closure of a section of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. In a Sunday afternoon news release, Slave Lake RCMP described the fire as “rapidly progressing” near the hamlet of Canyon Creek. As of 4:30 p.m., the highway was closed between Seppola Drive and Centre Avenue, just east of the hamlet, though further sections could be shut down later depending on the fire, RCMP said. Other portions of the highway in the area have poor visibility due to smoke.

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