Thursday, October 24, 2019
ADVT 
National

Crews Fight Fire With Fire To Keep Blaze From Northern Alberta Town

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 23 May, 2019
  • Crews Fight Fire With Fire To Keep Blaze From Northern Alberta Town

HIGH LEVEL, Alta. — A fire-threatened town in northern Alberta says a successful controlled burn has been carried out to help keep a raging nearby wildfire at bay.

 

A statement on High Level's website says the burn — to eliminate fuel the blaze could feed on — was done Wednesday afternoon south and west of the community as part of efforts to contain the out-of-control Chuckegg Creek fire.


It says more of these operations will be done when conditions allow.


The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres and remains about three kilometres southwest of the town.


It continues to keep approximately 5,000 residents of High Level and region out of their homes following an evacuation order issued over the long weekend.


Provincial fire authorities say rising temperatures, a gusting wind and no significant rain have pushed the wildfire danger around High Level into the extreme range.


High Level Mayor Crystal McAteer told a news conference Wednesday that firefighting is going well, but everyone is at the mercy of the weather.


"I want to stress the importance to everyone, especially evacuees, that the danger has not passed nor has it diminished," McAteer said. "We know based on recent experiences of Slave Lake and of Fort McMurray that wildfires are highly unpredictable and can change at any moment.


"I am pleading with everyone to be patient and that the evacuation of High Level will continue into the foreseeable future."

MORE National ARTICLES

Surrey's Mobile Enforcement Unit Nears 500 Arrests In First Year

Surrey's Mobile Enforcement Unit Nears 500 Arrests In First Year

As the Surrey RCMP’s Mobile Street Enforcement Team (MSET) marks their one-year anniversary, they are closing in on 500 arrests that have greatly contributed to the declining property crime rate in Surrey.

Surrey's Mobile Enforcement Unit Nears 500 Arrests In First Year

Minivan Set On Fire Outside Abbotsford Home, Police Investigating As Arson

Minivan Set On Fire Outside Abbotsford Home, Police Investigating As Arson

Fire crews found smoke in the garage and attic areas of the home, but were able to quickly extinguish the fire in the residence.

Minivan Set On Fire Outside Abbotsford Home, Police Investigating As Arson

Supreme Court Will Tuck Into UberEats Case About Drivers' Benefit Rights

Supreme Court Will Tuck Into UberEats Case About Drivers' Benefit Rights

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will help decide whether a proposed class-action lawsuit against ride-hailing service Uber can move ahead.

Supreme Court Will Tuck Into UberEats Case About Drivers' Benefit Rights

Ottawa Orders Tight New Restrictions On Sugary, High-Alcohol Drinks

Ottawa Orders Tight New Restrictions On Sugary, High-Alcohol Drinks

OTTAWA — New federal restrictions on sugary alcoholic beverages took effect today, following at least two deaths in 18 months.

 

 

Ottawa Orders Tight New Restrictions On Sugary, High-Alcohol Drinks

Case Of Quebec Couple Charged In 7-Year-Old Girl's Death Put Off Until June

Case Of Quebec Couple Charged In 7-Year-Old Girl's Death Put Off Until June

The case of a couple charged with the mistreatment of a seven-year-old girl who died last month has been put off.

Case Of Quebec Couple Charged In 7-Year-Old Girl's Death Put Off Until June

Conservatives Urge Liberals To Expedite Promised Relief For Canola Farmers

Conservatives Urge Liberals To Expedite Promised Relief For Canola Farmers

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives say they're hearing from frustrated canola producers who are still waiting for financial relief recently promised by the Liberal government.

 

 

Conservatives Urge Liberals To Expedite Promised Relief For Canola Farmers