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Alberta Emergency Alert issued for MD of Bighorn over wildfire concerns

Click to play video 'Devil’s Head wildfire burns out of control; prompts local state of emergency' Devil’s Head wildfire burns out of control; prompts local state of emergency
WATCH: The Devil’s Head wildfire, burning west of Calgary, is out of control. As Adam MacVicar reports, residents are being asked to prepare to leave at a moment's notice – Oct 6, 2020

An Alberta Emergency Alert has been issued for the Municipal District of Bighorn west of Calgary due to a wildfire.

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.”

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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.

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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.

More information can be found on the Alberta Emergency Alert website or the MD of Bighorn’s website.

The hamlet of Benchlands is located roughly 45 kilometres northwest of Calgary.