Wildfire in Lac La Biche County now 90% contained

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A wildfire burning in Lac La Biche County did not grow overnight, but was still being classified as out of control Friday morning.

On Friday afternoon, county officials said the fire was about 90 per cent contained “and currently not spreading.” However, they noted that the situation could still change depending on the weather.

As of late Friday afternoon, about 30 firefighters and four peace officers were deployed to help with the fire situation.

“So far, two small out buildings were lost, but crews were able to keep the fire away from residences and buildings with machinery inside,” the county posted on its Facebook page.

“Three residences have been equipped with sprinkler systems as a precaution.”

Officials in Lac La Biche County issued an emergency alert about a wildfire on Thursday evening, warning anyone who lives nearby that they should prepare in the event they are forced to leave their home.

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The alert was issued shortly after 6 p.m. Officials said the wildfire was burning near Township Road 652 and Range Road 165 north of the Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement in Lac La Biche County.

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“It is currently affecting traffic along Highway 855, north of the Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement,” the alert said Thursday night. “Avoid the area.

“If you live in the area, prepare for possible evacuation.”

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In an update just before 9 a.m. Friday, residents were instructed to continue to avoid the area due to smoke, equipment and people working.

Those under an evacuation alert have been spoken to, the alert said.

Fire conditions were expected to increase as the day continues.

As of Friday morning, county officials said about 230 hectares of land have been affected by the fire.

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