Thousands homeless from wildfires

McMillan Complex wildfire

The Chuckegg Creek, Jackpot Creek and McMillan complex wildfires together cover an area of about 6,750 square kilometres.

 

 

More than 9,000 people have been forced from their homes due to out of control wildfires in northern Alberta.

Those numbers follow mandatory evacuation orders for communities including the Beaver First Nation, Dene Tha’ First Nation, parts of Mackenzie County and the Peerless Trout First Nation.

People in other communities remain on evacuation alert and could be told to leave quickly if the wildfire situation gets worse.

These communities include High Level, parts of the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, Bigstone Cree Nation and the hamlets of Wabasca-Desmerais, Sandy Lake and Chipewyan Lake.

The province says the 9,000 number includes about 700 people from the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement who had to leave the community on May 26.

About 4,000 High Level residents who were forced to flee their homes last month were only recently allowed back.

 

There are 545 firefighters and support staff, 45 helicopters, airtankers, and 62 pieces of heavy equipment fighting the McMillan Complex fire.

There are Firefighters and support staff from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Parks Canada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Oregon helping out.

The McMillan Complex remains approximately: 

  • 4.9 and 3.3 kilometres west of Wabasca No. 166B and 166D
  • 26.5 kilometres northeast of Marten Beach
  • 32.8 kilometres northeast of Slave Lake
  • 6 kilometres southeast of Trout Lake

 

The wildfire danger rating remains very high to extreme in the Slave Lake Forest Area

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