Emergency alerts and evacuation orders have been all too common for residents of communities surrounding the Edmonton area.
Parkland County is one of the most affected areas with fires causing several communities to evacuate. After an evacuation order lasting just over 24 hours, Parkland County announced all residence were allowed to return home.
Lamont County was drawn into the brushfire mix with fire destroying numerous homes and injuring two firefighters.
— Danielle Larivee (@DanielleLarivee) April 19, 2016
EMERGENCY ALERT: The North East Skaro Fire is now being called “Under Control”.
— Lamont County (@LamontCounty) April 20, 2016
On Saturday, St. Albert firefighters battled a brush fire near the Sturgeon river causing one member to jump into the river for cover. Strong winds impeded the fire crew’s work and caused a fire dust devil to form.
Truly incredible video of fire tornado that happened during brush fire causing our firefighter to escape into river pic.twitter.com/8BdeZDfeL5
— StAlbertFirefighters (@saffu2130) April 17, 2016
As of Tuesday night, there are 55 fire bans in effect, 16 fire restrictions, and 40 fire advisories. A full list and a map can be found at the Alberta Fire Bans website.
— Alberta Government (@YourAlberta) April 19, 2016