The wildfire near Nordeg in the western Alberta foothills is now classified as “catching up” by the province.
RWF-038 The wildfire, located about 19 kilometers west of Nordeg on the north side of Highway 11, was first detected on Tuesday, July 19, and fire officials said it was a good response to initially extinguishing efforts. .
A wildfire is considered “held” when the fire is not expected to increase given current weather conditions and resources, according to Alberta wildfire status dashboard.
On Sunday, Alberta Wildfires issued an update saying that helicopters, heavy equipment and firefighters will continue to fight the fires.
Heavy equipment will continue to gain ground access and form a fire guard on the southeast side of the fire.
The evacuation order issued by Clearwater County covered several provincial recreation areas (Snow Creek, Dry Haven, Fish Lake, Goldeye Lake). The Center for Outdoor Education and Frontier Lodge remains in place.
The province said evacuation orders and alerts issued by Clearwater County also remain in place.
The evacuation alert has been lifted for Nordeg village.
The cause of the forest fire is still under investigation.
Fire advisories still in effect for most of western and northern Alberta, including the area where this wildfire is burning. Fire advisory means there is no change to existing permits, but any new permits are considered on a case-by-case basis by province.
With files from Karen Bartko, Global News.
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