The alert, issued just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, warned the wildfire was approximately 20 kilometres west Benchlands, Alta., and travelling southeast, posing a potential threat to people in the area.
“No structures are at risk at this time and ground crews are on route,” the alert said. “People in the area should stay aware of the evolving situation.”
The alert advises those in the area of Richard’s Road, Highway 40, Waiparous, Benchlands, Pears Road, Ghost Country Place and West Jamieson Road to prepare to evacuate on short notice.
According to the MD of Bighorn, the wildfire in the Forest Reserve at Devil’s Head though previously classified as “being held” is now categorized as “out of control.”
As such, the MD of Bighorn has declared a state of local emergency.
In total, 23 firefighters are fighting the blaze with the help of six helicopters and a heavy equipment group.
The hamlet of Benchlands is located roughly 45 kilometres northwest of Calgary.