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.
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.
UPDATE: The evacuation zone has expanded and now includes properties between Township Road 520 and 524. https://t.co/H9P5rmYcnn— Parkland County (@Parkland County) 1620374332
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.