High Level Fire

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High Level was evacuated on Monday when the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire – at the time more than 69,000 hectares – burned close to the town. Residents were advised that recommended routes were Hwy 58 East and 88 South. Emergency services asked some businesses to stay open to serve those fighting the fire, which was three kilometers away as of yesterday (Wednesday).

smoke rising high in the sky near High Level, Alberta
Smoke column that can be seen from the Town of High Level, the evening of May 21, 2019. Image from The Alberta Wildfire Blog.

Today the mayor of High Level is seeking financial help for evacuees from Premier Jason Kenney and his government. in the meantime, communities such as Slave Lake are welcoming evacuees and providing food and shelter. Many more are being absorbed into other communities, finding refuge with family and friends. The Mayor and Town posted a thank you message to these communities on the High Level web site tonite.

The wildfire danger has climbed to extreme today due to warm temperatures, little rain and high gusty winds. Fire crews are fighting fire with fire using controlled burns and air-tankers are laying retardant to slow the fire’s growth. Evacuations remain in place. On a positive note, winds are currently from the North East, blowing the fire away from High Level.

Air-tankers lay retardant to help slow the growth of the fire southwest of High Level.
Image from The Alberta Wildfire Blog.

High Level is in our thoughts and on our hearts! It’s been three years since the Fort McMurray fire and eight years since the Slave Lake fire. Wildfire and cold winter weather are two big natural risks we face in rural Alberta.

High Level area update from Alberta Wildfire.

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