Northern Strathcona County fire update

May 14, 2018

Northern Strathcona County fire update

Strathcona County Emergency Services continue to lead response, along with Fort Saskatchewan and Lamont County, to a wildland fire in the area of Township Road 564 and Range Road 211, in northern Strathcona County.

On-ground work continues with ground crews to control the fire spread. No buildings have been lost; however, three farms have been voluntarily evacuated. RCMP and Enforcement Services are on-scene assisting with traffic.

Resources currently on-scene include 15 firefighters, two command staff, four brush trucks, three dozers and five water tenders. A helicopter is being used for reconnaissance and water bucket drop. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry provided an aerial tanker drop to protect the nearby property managed by Value Creation Group of Companies (near Range Road 213 between Township Road 562 and 560) and CP Rail spur line.

While Strathcona County Emergency Services crews from Station 4 (northern Strathcona County) focus on the fire efforts, the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department is on standby to assist with any incoming calls to that area.

RCMP continue to work closely with residents in the affected area to advise them of the situation. If residents choose to leave, they are advised to register at the Bruderheim Fire Station, as a precautionary measure.

Strathcona County’s fire advisory continues to be in effect. The fire advisory only allows for recreational fires in covered recreational fire pits, pots, bowls, or chimineas; approved fire pits within recognized campgrounds and parks; propane and natural gas appliances. No other fires are permitted until further notice, including burning barrels and fireworks. Fire and fireworks permits are suspended until the advisory is lifted. 

“Please phone 9-1-1 to report a fire,” says Fire Chief Dan Lemieux, Strathcona County Emergency Services.

Failure to comply with the fire advisory, burn permit conditions and the fire bylaw may result in a $1,000 fine as well as significant charges for the cost of responses.

Strathcona County Emergency Services first responded to the northern Strathcona County fire at approximately 12 noon on May 12, 2018.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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