Devil’s Head wildfire no longer out of control

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The wildfire in the forest reserve at Devil’s Head, north of Canmore, was determined to be out of control last Tuesday as it moved in a southeast direction.

The fire was first reported in early September and was blamed on the failure to extinguish a campfire.

On Monday, the district reported significant snow overnight and into the morning, aiding crews in their efforts to control the blaze.

It stated it doesn’t anticipate the wildfire to grow past expected boundaries.

A sign marked the closed road into the Ghost River Recreation Area after the status of the Devil's Head wildfire was changed to out of control on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Campers in the Ghost River area were asked to evacuate overnight and other residents in areas northwest of Cochrane were put on an evacuation alert. Gavin Young/Postmedia
A sign marked the closed road into the Ghost River Recreation Area after the status of the Devil’s Head wildfire was changed to out of control on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Gavin Young/Postmedia

Crews will continue to monitor and manage the fire. A total of 118 firefighters, two helicopters and 20 pieces of heavy equipment were still battling the fire as of Thanksgiving Monday.

“Agriculture and Forestry firefighters will begin to retrieve equipment from the fire line. Heavy equipment and helicopters are in the process of demobilizing,” the district stated in an update.

Wet flurries and rain are expected to continue for the next several days with high relative humidity.

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