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Evacuation alert lifted for area near Gregoire Lake

Image supplied the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

An evacuation alert for residents living near Gregoire Lake has been lifted.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on May 4, 2023, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo released a statement saying the alert for Gregoire Lake Estates, Anzac, and Fort McMurray First Nation #468 is no longer in effect.

READ MORE: Fire near Gregoire Lake being held

“Alberta Wildfire have continued with air and ground suppression, and wildfire MWF-009 is not growing in size and is classified as being held.”

The RMWB first enacted the evacuation alert on May 2, 2023.

Also on May 4, the government of Alberta upgraded its fire restriction for most of the Wood Buffalo region to a fire ban.

All outside fires, including backyard fire pits, charcoal barbecues, and fireworks, are not permitted.

“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, particularly OHV users.”

READ MORE: Alberta enacts Fire Ban across Wood Buffalo

A fire advisory remains in effect north of Lake Athabasca and Fort Chipewyan.