Winds fan wildfires in Strathcona County and near Spruce Grove
The high winds and warm temperatures which caused Edmonton to impose a fire ban on Tuesday afternoon are keeping firefighters busy outside of the city.
Strathcona County Emergency Services are still battling "a significant fire" in the area of Township Road 564 and Range Road 213A.
Darrell Reid, the Strathcona County Fire Chief, has reported that approximately 260 hectares of land are either actively burning, burnt, or at direct risk, including areas of pine with some crowning fires.
According to a release made Tuesday night, the fire is not yet under control but is being "well managed."
The fire was reported via a 911 call made just after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Firefighters from Lamont County, Sturgeon County and Fort Saskatchewan are on hand to battle the flames, supported by bulldozers which are being used to create firelines.
After helping two residents leave one property near the fire, crews stayed behind to protect the house.
The county said that no other inhabited properties are currently at risk, although all residents living north of Highway 15 have been informed of the situation.
According to the release, high winds in the area are fanning the flames, which are expected to take several days to fully extinguish.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Strathcona County has been at "extreme" risk for fires for several weeks.
Spruce Grove fire
Meanwhile, the grass fire burning south of Spruce Grove in the area of Golden Spike Road, is largely under control, according to Parkland County Fire Chief Jim Phelan.
However, Phelan added that some hotspots remain due to the high winds in the area.
He expects crews will remain on site throughout the night.
Authorities were alerted of the Parkland County fire around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, said Cpl. Collette Zazulak of the RCMP.
Zazulak said they don’t know the exact size of the grass fire.
However, reports are conflicted whether any nearby residents have been told to leave their homes.
While Zazulak said the RCMP evacuated a number of homes in the area and are not yet allowing residents to return, Parkland County said via Twitter that no evacuations took place.
"I don't believe that any homes are in danger at this point, according to the watch commander," said Zazulak, adding that the strong winds in the area are certainly a concern.
So far, there are no reports of injuries to people or damage to property, she added.