High temperatures, dry conditions and winds change the direction of wildfires. Northern Alberta communities are under heavy smoke warning for the next 24 hours
- The Chuckegg Creek Wildfire is burning approximately three kilometres southwest of the Town of High Level in Mackenzie County.
- This out-of-control wildfire has grown to more than 105,000 hectares.
- Communities in the north of the province may experience heavy smoke from the fires in the next 24 hours.
- Resources on the ground include about 400 wildland firefighters, 194 structural fighters and staff on the ground, supported by 28 helicopters, eight air tankers and 46 pieces of heavy equipment.
- Evacuation centres have registered approximately 4,300 people as of May 26 at noon.
- A voluntary evacuation is in place for Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement and areas north of High Level.
Credit: Government of Alberta
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