Northern Strathcona County fire update #2

May 15, 2018

Northern Strathcona County fire update  #2

Strathcona County Emergency Services continues to lead the work on the wildland fire, in the area of Township Road 564 and Range Road 211, in northern Strathcona County.

The situation has stabilized and the fire is being held. Dozers have worked extensively in the area to create barriers, over 12 kilometres in total, throughout the area to slow down the fire. Crews continue to work on-ground to extinguish hotspots and flare-ups. A helicopter continues to be used for reconnaissance and water bucket drop. The Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department remains on standby to assist with any incoming calls in the area.

Since Saturday, May 12, over 600 hectares have burned; however no buildings have been lost. There is currently no immediate threat of fire to any industry-related assets or infrastructure in the area.

Residents living at two of the three farms that were voluntarily evacuated are expected to return to their homes tonight. The remaining evacuation is due to power loss to the residence.

Resources currently on-scene include 15 firefighters, two command staff, four brush trucks, three dozers and three water tenders.

RCMP continues to work closely with residents in the affected area. Township Road 562 between Range Road 211 and 213 remains closed.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and remains under investigation.

The fire advisory remains 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 burn barrels. Fire and fireworks permits are suspended until the advisory is lifted. 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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