October 19, 2017 7:00 am
Updated: October 23, 2017 12:41 pm

Alberta wildfires 2017: Alberta government ready to help victims

WATCH: The cleanup and recovery is underway after southern Alberta was devastated by wildfires. As Gary Bobrovitz reports, Premier Rachel Notley has said her government is standing by to help.

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Wildfires flared up across southern Alberta on Tuesday after wild winds fanned the flames.

Fourteen homes were destroyed, hundreds of evacuees were temporarily made homeless and 34-year-old firefighter James Hargrave died near the Cypress wildfire earlier this week.

The provincial government said Friday it stands ready to help victims.

Premier Rachel Notley told Global News her government will assist those who have been hit by the blaze, which scorched wide areas in several communities.

“We will evaluate what needs to happen and the degree to which insurance is there and what kinds of additional supports are needed,” she said.

“Our ministers are keeping a very close eye on the fallout and we will make sure we have the backs of these people who are struggling with this.”

With files from Global’s Melissa Gilligan, Kevin Nielsen, Emily Mertz, Phil Heidenreich, Gary Bobrovitz and Erika Tucker

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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