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Alberta activates Emergency Management Cabinet Committee in response to wildfires

Click to play video: 'Wildfire prompts 2nd evacuation in a week for some residents west of Edmonton'
Wildfire prompts 2nd evacuation in a week for some residents west of Edmonton
WATCH ABOVE: For the second time in a week, residents living along the Yellowhead Highway west of Edmonton have been forced to leave their homes because of wildfires. Sarah Ryan has the latest – May 5, 2023

Alberta is activating its Emergency Management Cabinet Committee in response to the current wildfire situation across the province.

The committee is scheduled to meet on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and will monitor the wildfires in Alberta to make emergency decisions if needed.

“Department officials will also provide daily technical briefings to the media and the public as Alberta’s government continues to respond to the evolving situation,” a Friday afternoon news release read.

The committee comes as more than 13,000 people across Alberta are now affected by mandatory evacuation orders. Around 79 wildfires were considered active as of Friday morning, the province said.

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Several thousand people were told to flee Fox Lake and the Little Red River Cree Nation because of a fire that flared out of control overnight.

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On Friday morning, the federal government said it is on standby to help Alberta battle active wildfires.

“We’re monitoring the reports of active wildfires in Alberta, and encourage Canadians in impacted areas to follow the guidance from their local officials,” said the office of the emergency preparedness minister, Bill Blair, in a statement to Global News.

“While we have not received a Request for Federal Assistance from the Government of Alberta, we stand ready to support them if federal aid or resources are required.”

–With files from Aaron D’Andrea, Global News.

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