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Dozens of firefighters battle massive wildfire in Westlock County

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Massive fire in Westlock County
WATCH ABOVE: A wildfire is burning in Westlock County about eight kilometres northeast of Vimy. Structures are in danger – May 13, 2018

A large wildfire that started at around 3:20 p.m. on Saturday in Westlock County continued to burn Sunday.

Leo Ludwig, CAO of Westlock County, said two helicopters, five bulldozers, 30 firefighters, four provincial air tankers, five provincial wild land firefighters, along with crews from Thorhild and Sturgeon Counties were fighting the blaze east of the hamlet of Vimy, Alta.

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Ludwig said the fire was about 150 hectares in size.

He said no structures had been lost yet but five families were on “high alert” to evacuate the area at any time.

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Crews were setting up a fire guard on Sunday in the hopes of preventing the flames from spreading.

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As of noon Sunday, Ludwig said the fire was not contained.

Westlock is about 90 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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