Alberta fire evacuees allowed back home - CTV.ca PDF Print

Fire officials lifted an evacuation order for the Forsythe Lake area in east-central Alberta Wednesday afternoon, as firefighters continue to battle a blaze in the face of strong north winds.

"Fire conditions have improved, the risk to property has been reduced and residents are being allowed back into their homes," said a news release from the Municipality of Bonnyville.

Late Tuesday, Bonnyville RCMP had called for a voluntary evacuation of 12 homes after changing winds sent the fire moving in a northwest direction, posing a threat to local residents. The Municipal District of Bonnyville is under a local state of emergency.

Although residents are allowed back home, firefighters with Environmental and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) continue to battle the blaze. Residents are being asked to stay off of Moose Lake, as firebombers continue to collect water to douse the flames.

Police roadblocks will also remain in place to keep members of the public away from the fire.

At midday Wednesday, more than 160 firefighters were working to contain the fire.

Firefighters have been battling the blaze since Sunday evening, but changing winds have made their job difficult. Firefighters with ESRD worked overnight and into Wednesday.

In another bit of good news Wednesday, officials announced that a fire south of Muriel Lake is now under control. The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority remains at that scene.

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