A Massive Wildfire Near Edmonton Has Officials Telling People To Evacuate Immediately

"If you are in this area you must leave immediately," says Parkland County.

Aerial shot of wildfires in Tomahawk, and a close-up look at the fires
Toronto Associate Editor

An Alberta wildfire is burning through Tomahawk, a hamlet just west of Edmonton. At 12:38 a.m. on Friday, May 7, Parkland County issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents between Highway 22 and Range Road 63, and between Township Road 510 and 524.

Everyone is being told to leave their homes immediately and bring their pets.

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Global News reported that more than 100 people fled their homes.

According to Parkland County, over 60 firefighters from several different crews are at the scene battling the fire, with Fortis currently working on returning power to the area.

Parkland County tweeted that the fire has spread over 1,000 hectares. Rain is expected to come sometime today in the area, so they expect the fire will be contained by the end of the day.

Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor