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Wildfire alert issued for Cypress County, Alta., as 2 fires burn

Smoke is seen in the sky near CFB Suffield as wildfires burn in Cypress County on Wednesday, July 24. Adam MacVicar/Global News

A wildfire alert was issued for Cypress County, Alta., on Wednesday evening due to a wildfire burning near Suffield.

According to Alberta Emergency Alert, the fire is burning three to four kilometres north of Highway 1 and about four kilometres west of Highway 884.

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Fire and emergency services officials from Cypress County and surrounding communities were fighting the blaze as of 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

“As a result of smoke and high wind velocities, visibility in this area is reduced,” the emergency alert read.

The emergency alert ended close to 8:30 p.m.

Smoke is seen in the sky near CFB Suffield as wildfires burn in Cypress County on Wednesday, July 24. Adam MacVicar/Global News

A second wildfire was also reportedly burning south of Highway 1 near the hamlet of Walsh.

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That blaze was burning along the east side of Graburn Road and as of 6:34 p.m., was tracking toward the Cypress County and Saskatchewan border.

The emergency alert advised drivers to avoid both areas as crews worked to fight the fires.

The alert ended at around 9:20 p.m.

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