EDMONTON – Residents of the Nose Creek Settlement impacted by the Red Deer Creek fire are being allowed back in their homes at 6:00 p.m. Monday.
The evacuation zone has been reduced to areas south of the Wapiti River, west of Nose Creek to the BC border, west of Two Lakes Road to the BC border, and north of Township 61.
This is the same area that was affected by the July 15th Evacuation Order, with the exception of the Nose Creek Settlement where a total of 10 people had been evacuated from.
All affected residents will be contacted by officials to let them know they can return home. Residents will remain on a two-hour evacuation notice.
The State of Local Emergency remains in effect and the Two Lakes Road remains closed. Access permits are being granted by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) on a case-by-case basis.
There are currently five active fires within the municipality; all are classified as being “held” except for the Red Deer Creek fire originating in B.C. On the Alberta side of the border, the Red Deer Creek fire is being held at the Narraway River, but is classed as out-of-control due to the wildfires in British Columbia.
The total fire size is estimated at 34,827 hectares. The Alberta portion of the fire continues to be around 3,000 hectares.
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