The wildfire that’s engulfed five hundred hectares of land just south of Fort McMurray has begun to shift away from homes.
Residents of Prairie Creek are advised that the mandatory evacuation has been lifted and changed to voluntary shelter in place. The remainder of the residential area of Gregoire is still in voluntary shelter in place. Residents of Centennial Park remain under a mandatory evacuation.
Residents with a physical, emotional or medical condition may be impacted by poor air quality. Please turn off all outside sources of air and remain in your home.
For information on how to shelter in place, please visit www.rmwb.ca/areyouready.
Prevailing winds mean the fire has NOT crossed the Hangingstone River.
Efforts by firefighters have kept the blaze a little more than a kilometer from highway 63.
The RMWB has updated all electronic message boards in Fort McMurray to say “no ATVs or OHVs on back country trails.” The Municipality has also barricaded the entrance to the cell tower of the southwest corner of Abasand and the trails at the staging area of Abasand. As firefighters and crews work to control fire events around Fort McMurray, residents are advised not to operate ATV and OHV vehicles as a precaution to ensure that crews have plenty of room to perform their tasks and keep residents safe.
Meanwhile, Premier Rachel Notley reiterated that a $15 million dollar budget cut to wildfir will not put anyone at risk.
“The way we’ve structured the financing for emergency services and fire protection, was where we had a base amount, always with the ability to add what is necessary.”
She says, as always, firefighting is an important priority for the Province.
“And as I’ve said over and over, we will do what is necessary to fight these fires to the absolute maximum.” says Rachel Notley. “There’s no way, shape, or form that that would be changed or restricted in any way.” (eb, djs, ms, mw)