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UPDATE: Fire near Gregoire Lake being held

Last Updated May 3, 2023 at 8:44 am MST

A screenshot of an inset map from Alberta Wildfire tracking MWF-009 on May 3, 2023. The website lists the 16-hectare fire as being held. Image supplied by Alberta Wildfire.

The Municipality has provided an update concerning a wildfire near Gregoire Lake Estates.

According to Alberta Wildfire on May 3, 2023, the wildfire is being held.

On May 2, 2023, the Municipality had issued an evacuation alert due to the potential of a wildfire spreading to nearby communities of Gregoire Lake Estates, Anzac, and Fort McMurray First Nation #468.

“At this time, an Evacuation Order has not been issued. This is an alert/warning for residents in the affected area to be ready to leave on short notice.”

In its release, the RMWB said fire behaviour overnight was calm.

“Alberta Wildfire is continuing with air and ground suppression efforts today. At this time, there is no immediate risk to the nearby communities of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation #468. Anyone in these areas should still be alert, continue to follow instructions from emergency officials and keep a safe distance away from operations.”

Smoke might be present and air quality is being closely monitored.

Symptoms due to poor air quality include increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches, and shortness of breath.

 

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A detailed map and statistics of wildfire MWF009 on May 3, 2023, located south of Gregoire Lake Estates. Image supplied by Alberta Wildfire.

 

Anyone affected should follow the Municipality on socials and its website for the latest updates.

  • Arrange with neighbours to advise one another of an emergency notification
  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit
  • Make an emergency plan for your household
  • Close all windows

 

This comes after the Municipality issued a Fire Restriction for most of Wood Buffalo the same morning.

“The dry conditions, warming temperatures and forecasted periods of high winds continue to elevate the wildfire risk. Everyone must use caution when working or enjoying the outdoors during this time.”

A catalog of fire advisories, restrictions, and bans for the region can be found on the Alberta Fire Bans website.