Alberta wildfires 2017: Crowsnest Pass cancels evacuation order; wildfire being held

Residents in the southern Alberta community of Coleman were being evacuated Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 due to a wildfire. Rob Powell

Evacuation orders in Crowsnest Pass put in place following a wildfire that started on Tuesday afternoon were dropped on Thursday morning amid news the wildfire was being held.

The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass made the announcement on their Facebook page at approximately 9:30 a.m., saying the order for McLaren Ridge, the Carbondale Trailer Court and McGillivray Flats had been rescinded. Remaining evacuation orders for Coleman were also cancelled.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass posted an update to its Facebook page stating the local state of emergency had been cancelled.

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The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass initally declared a local state of emergency on Tuesday at 5:43 p.m. due to a wildfire located between the Sentinel Industrial Park and Coleman.

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Crowsnest Pass Mayor Blair Painter believes the fire started when strong winds downed power lines in the area at about 3:45 p.m.

Crowsnest Pass is located about 215 kilometres south of Calgary.

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