May 9, 2013 8:24 pm
Updated: May 10, 2013 8:08 am

Nordegg residents put on evacuation notice as wildfire nears homes

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CALGARY- Residents of a hamlet in central Alberta have been put on one-hour evacuation notice, as a wildfire burns out of control.

The fire is burning about two kilometers away from Nordegg, and is 75 hectares in size. Residents on the north and south side of Nordegg are being asked to be ready to leave within an hour, if notice is given.

At least 60 firefighters, three water-dropping helicopters and several bulldozers are on the scene, and so far there is no damage to any structures. The Forestry Trunk Road is also closed from Highway 11 to North Fork Road.

The fire is creating significant smoke in the area, which might impact those with respiratory problems.

Anyone leaving the area is asked to register with the county, by calling 403-845-4444.

The wildfire was first reported on Sunday, but is now out of control due to dry conditions and gusty winds.

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