Edmonton

Wildfire near North Wabasca Lake prompts 2nd round of evacuations

People living near North Wabasca Lake are being evacuated from their homes for a second time due to a nearby wildfire.

Fire spreading due to hot, dry conditions, according to officials

The fire has burned almost 300 hectares, and officials say it is currently spreading south. (Alberta Wildfire Info)

People living near North Wabasca Lake are being evacuated from their homes for a second time due to a nearby wildfire.

Officials said the fire, about 20 kilometres south-east of Slave lake,"challenged" the fire guard set up to contain it at around 2 p.m. Sunday and is currently spreading to the south.

Around 60 people were removed from their homes near the lake Saturday evening as a precaution, but were allowed to return hours later.

Fire crews are using aircraft and heavy equipment in an attempt to slow the fire's spread, but officials say the hot, dry weather is making the task more difficult. The wildfire is estimated to be about 4 hectares in size.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now