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Alberta wildfires on Sunday: Here's what you need to know


More than 29,000 Albertans have been forced out of their communities as wildfires continued to burn across the province on Sunday.

There were 108 active wildfires, including 31 classified as out of control, when wildfire officials gave an update in Edmonton at 3:30 p.m.

Alberta Wildfire is prioritizing the fires near the Town of Edson; Grizzly Complex; the area of Entwistle, Evansburg, Wildwood and Hansonville; and Fox Lake.

Additionally, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency said these 10 areas are at the greatest risk:

  • Town of Edson: Over 8,000 people evacuated
  • Evansburg, Entwistle, Wildwood and Hansonville: 1,270 evacuated and approximately 21 structures have been damaged
  • Fox Lake and Little Red River Cree Nation: More than 5,000 people evacuated, and more than 20 structures damaged in Fox Lake
  • Rainbow Lake: No information on how many people left
  • Drayton Valley and Brazeau County: 7,200 evacuated, more than 1,000 registered at Expo Centre
  • O'Chiese First Nation: 80 people evacuated, one home destroyed
  • County of Grande Prairie: More than 470 people evacuated
  • Clear Hills: Stay on alert and be prepared to leave
  • Grizzly Complex: Structures have been impact but smoke is preventing an assessment
  • High Prairie: Be prepared to leave within an hour, the reception centre would be in Slave Lake

It rained as far north as Fox Creek on Sunday, Alberta Wildfire information unit manager Christie Tucker said. The rain helped firefighting efforts but it's still very dry in the northern part of the province.

"It allowed firefighters to get a chance to work in the areas of some wildfires that they haven't been able to get close to because of extreme wildfire behaviour," Tucker said.

"We're expecting this trend to continue over the next couple of days with cooler temperatures and higher humidity helping firefighters who are working in the south and central part of the province. Unfortunately, in the north of the province, they will continue to be challenged with the conditions that they're seeing."

Dozens of firefighters from Ontario and Quebec arrived in Alberta on Saturday and the province is asking for more help.

The most detailed and accurate evacuation information is being published by local authorities and on the Alberta Emergency Alert system. CTV News Edmonton has also compiled a list of resources Albertans can use to stay up to date on the wildfires across the province. Top Stories

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