Wildfire that forced thousands to flee Fort McMurray ‘remains very active’: Officials | globalnews.ca

a threat Forest fire which triggered Evacuation orders for parts of Fort McMurrayAlta “remains very active” Tuesday afternoon, according to local officials.

“MWF-017 is out of control over 20,940 hectares,” officials said in an update posted on the website of the regional municipality Wood Buffalo at 8 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

In total, about 6,600 residents of the southern part of Fort McMurray, a community of about 68,000 people, have been forced to flee their homes. The rest of Fort McMurray and many surrounding communities are on evacuation alert.

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Premier Danielle Smith is scheduled to hold a news conference in Edmonton at 10:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday to provide the latest information on the situation.

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Smith will be joined by Forestry and Parks Minister Todd Loewen, Public Safety and Emergency Services Minister Mike Ellis, Alberta Wildfire Information Unit Manager Christy Tucker and Alberta Emergency Management Agency Managing Director Stephen Lacroix. Global News plans to livestream that news conference and it can be viewed in this post.

Another news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. local time where Wood Buffalo Mayor Sandy Bowman will speak along with several emergency officials.

In their Tuesday night update, RMWB officials reported that “the nearest point of the fire is approximately 7.5 kilometers from the Fort McMurray Landfill.”

The wildfire was about six kilometers from the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 881, officials said.

The RMWB declared a state of local emergency on Tuesday so it can access more resources through the Emergency Management Act.

For the latest information on which areas of Alberta are under evacuation warnings or orders due to wildfires, visit here Alberta Emergency Alert Website,

For the latest information on wildfire conditions and danger across the province, visit here Alberta Wildfire Website,

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The latest information on fire advisories, restrictions and restrictions across the province can be found here Alberta Fire bans website,

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