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Red Deer Creek Wildfire Update July 23, 2014

 

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There has been no significant growth to the Red Deer Creek Fire today but it remains Out Of Control at 35,000 hectares, as higher humidity and lower temperature have help keep the fire from spreading further.

Resources continue to be mobilized on the ground and we continue putting in dozer guard and reinforcing guard with fire crews. currently, we have 250 wildfire fighters; 84 overhead staff; 21 Helicopters and 36 pieces of various heavy equipment working on the fire. The Red Deer Creek fire has burned to the Narraway river in Alberta and our our control efforts have been successful in holding the fire from spreading further into Alberta.

The and state of local emergency, declared by the Municipal District of Greenview No. 16 remains in effect as well as the evacuation order  of the Two Lakes road at 80 km west to the BC boarder, which includes Two Lakes provincial park. For information on the evacuation and restrictions within the areas surrounding the Red Deer Creek fire please visit theMD Greenview website and the BC Area Restriction website.

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Cool temperatures, higher humidity and scatter showers will aid us in gaining control of this fire but significant rain for many days is needed to help extinguish. There is a risk of thunderstorm activity until Thursday, which will increase the potential of new starts in our area. Since the beginning of fire season, 48 wildfires have occurred in our area and 3,141 hectares have burnt. Currently one is listed as Out of Control, one as Being Held all others are extinguished.

A Moderate fire hazard will continue for the Grande Prairie Wildfire Management Area. If the area does not receive significant rain showers with the next 24 hours, the hazard is expected to increase for this weekend. People who are enjoying the forest are asked to use caution, check your quad for debris and always extinguish your campfire -Soak it Stir it and Soak it again!

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You can expect your next update Thursday, July 24.

Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer

Grande Prairie Wildfire Management Area

780-538-5327(office) | 780-832-7235 (mobile)

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