Several grass and bush fires burn north and south of Edmonton
Fierce winds and warm temperatures have combined to fuel several grass and brush fires south and north of Edmonton.
Fires burned Sunday on the Montana First Nation, the Louis Bull First Nation, Pigeon Lake south of Camrose and near Bruderheim and Redwater, as well as near Clyde.
One home in Pigeon Lake and another on the Louis Bull First Nation near Hobbema burned and a number of outbuildings were destroyed.
Fred Hawryluk, mayor of Bruderheim, said there were two brush fires about eight kilometres north of town. People living within a kilometre were voluntarily leaving their homes, he said. He didn't know how many.
"Everybody available is working on the fires," Hawryluk said, adding that fire departments from surrounding communities were also helping.
A helicopter was called in to fight the fire near Pigeon Lake that broke out just after noon local time.
'Like 1 big campfire'
Matt Mayer, who lives in Camrose, said he could see smoke from his house.
"All I see is just pretty thick plumes of smoke changing colour every few seconds. It just smells like one big campfire, which is not exactly how I wanted to spend my afternoon."
Alberta Sustainable Resources was helping battle a fire in the county of Westlock near Clyde. It sent a helicopter and about 10 firefighters to help, an official said Sunday night.
The province can't help with the other fires because they are outside the forest protection area, said ASR information officer Anastasia Drummond.