"Evacuees are safe to return home at this time. Residents in the area between Highway 533 and Chimney Rock Road are on standby to be evacuated again should winds shift. Be prepared to evacuate on short notice"
A wildfire flared up Wednesday night in the southwestern area of Ranchland #66.
An Alberta Emergency Alert issued early Wednesday morning said the fire was burning on the west side of Highway 22, about two kilometers south of Highway 533.
Alberta Wildfire says the out of control blaze was about 100 hectares in size and was headed in a easterly direction, fuelled by damaging westerly winds.
Residents of the rural area between Highway 533 and Chimney Rock Road were asked to evacuate immediately to Nanton, which is about 60 kilometres south of Calgary. A reception centre was set up at the Nanton Community Hall (2204-18 St.)
The critical emergency alert was downgraded to an information alert shortly before 6 am Wednesday when the province said area residents were no longer at immediate risk.
The MD of Willow Creek No. 26 said the fire was discovered around 11 p.m. Tuesday, near Chain Lakes Provincial Park.
Environment Canada said the winds are expected to remain through the day, weakening in the evening but remaining gusty into Thursday.