Northern Strathcona County fire update #3

May 16, 2018

Northern Strathcona County fire update #3

Strathcona County continues to work on the wildfire in the area of Township Road 562 and Range Road 211, in northern Strathcona County.

The situation remains stable and the fire is being held; however, is not under control. Crews have been working on-ground to extinguish flare-ups caused by the wind. The helicopter continues to be used for reconnaissance and water bucket drop.

No definitive cause for the fire has been determined, although fire investigators have confirmed there was no natural cause.

Since Saturday, May 12, over 600 hectares have burned; no buildings have been lost. Residents living at three farms who were voluntarily evacuated have returned home. There is currently no immediate threat of fire to any industry-related assets or infrastructure in the area.

Resources currently on-scene include 14 firefighters, two command staff, four brush trucks, two dozers and four water tenders.

Township Road 562 between Range Roads 211 and 213 remains closed.

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.

 

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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