Wildfire near Rocky Mountain House sparks evacuations

A wildfire has forced evacuations in an area near Crimson Lake, about 15 kilometres north of Rocky Mountain House.

The fire is considered out of control, Alberta Wildfire said in a tweet.

As of 10 p.m. Friday, the wildfire has grown to 14.8 hectares in size.

More than 20 firefighters, air tankers and three helicopters are working on the fire that is about three hectares in size, west of the North Saskatchewan River.

RCMP said in a release Friday afternoon that Buster Creek Road and Highway 756 are closed at Crimson Lake campground due to a grass fire. Township Road 402A is also closed. 

An update from Alberta Emergency Alert issued Friday night says RCMP patrol will remain overnight, and the evacuation order remains in place. People with respiratory issues should seek medical attention if required and leave the area if possible.

Alberta Wildfire has issued an evacuation order north of the Ferrier gas plant on Buster Creek Road. According to an emergency alert issued Friday, it’s recommended that evacuees check-in at the Rocky Regional Recreation Centre. 5332 50 Street, Rocky Mountain House. 

The location of the fire. (CBC)

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