Northeastern Alberta wildfire near Saprae Creek now being held, evacuation alert dropped

A wildfire near Saprae Creek, Alta., was being held. Credit / Alberta Wildfire

A wildfire that broke out Sunday near the northeastern Alberta hamlet of Saprae Creek is now being held, and an evacuation alert that was issued Sunday has been dropped.

In an update Monday evening, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said significant progress has been made in containing the blaze.

The wildfire started Sunday southeast of Fort McMurray, on the south side of the Clearwater River.

The wildfire was about 67 hectares in size as of Monday night, according to Alberta Wildfire. On Tuesday, it was about 53 hectares in size.

Alberta Wildfire said firefighters are monitoring the wildfire.

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Residents are asked to stay away from areas where crews are working in order to avoid hindering emergency response efforts.

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“We’d like to thank residents for their preparedness and for continuing to stay away from Alberta Wildfire operations,” Chief Jody Butz said in an update Monday night. “This is positive news, but I want to encourage residents in the community to remain vigilant and maintain an emergency kit in case the situation changes.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The wildfire danger in the Fort McMurray Forest Area is very high. A fire advisory is in effect for the area.

For the latest information on this wildfire, visit Alberta Wildfire’s website.

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