The remains of the Strong family home smoulder on the Paul Band First Nation Wednesday morning. ((Scott Fralick/CBC))

A family on the Paul Band First Nation west of Edmonton lost nearly everything after a wildfire destroyed their home Tuesday night.

 "It's saddening. All our personal stuff and our whole life was pretty much in the house, there, and it's gone now," said James Strong, who watched with his wife and eight children as their home went up in flames.

"We managed to save our photos, my wife's wedding dress. The important things we got, but the house is gone."

High winds and dry, warm conditions caused the fire to flare up Tuesday. A state of emergency was declared on the reserve and 84 families spent the night in a hotel after they were forced from their homes. 

Water bombers and firefighters were called in to attack the fire.

Band officials were meeting Wednesday morning to determine when people could return to their houses.

Crews were able to get the fire under control in the morning, but if the winds pick up, about a dozen homes on the southwest shore of Wabamun Lake could be at risk.

The fire started over the weekend but had been under control until weather conditions caused it to flare up.