Canadian wildfire rips through Alberta burning 400 million square meters of land and forcing 5,000 residents to evacuate
- The Chuckegg Creek wildfire is burning out of control close to the town of High Level in Alberta, Canada
- The 100,000 acre wildfire is burning about two miles away from the town of 5,000 residents
- Moderate or strong winds are expected to continue to push the four closer to the town in the coming days
- Residents were duty to evacuate their homes for at least three days
An out-of-control wildfire is continuing to burn in Alberta in Canada forcing 5,000 residents to evacuate their homes.
The town of High Level had been monitoring the progress of the past few days before the evacuation order was given on Monday afternoon.
Officials with Alberta Wildfire believe the fire will only get worse because of extremely dry conditions and strong winds over the coming days.
The Chuckegg Creek wildfire burns out of control in the High Level Forest Area, to the southwest of the town of High Level, Alberta, Canada
The wildfire is burning four miles away from the town of 5,000 residents who have now been told to leave
A detailed fire map shows where the hot spots were in the last 24 hours KEY : Red (last 0-6 hrs), Orange (last 6-12 hrs), Yellow (last 12-24 hrs)
The wildfire is right in the middle of the remote Canadian province of Alberta where the town of High Level is affected
'For the next several days, the temperature is going to be equal to or greater than the humidity levels, and the wind is going to be strong and gusty. The forest area is extremely dry, "officials with Alberta Wildfire said on Sunday.
The four is estimated to be more than 100,000 acres (404,686,000 sqm) in size as of Monday.
One stunning photo managed to capture the scale of the fire and the difficult conditions being faced by firefighters as smoke appeared to rise vertically before being blown across by higher-level winds.
The Town of High Level Customs on Monday to fill their gas tanks, gather important documents and prepare food and water before finally issuing the evacuation order.
The entire town of High Level, Alberta is under an evacuation order. The firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment are fighting the wildfire which is currently burning out-of-control ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />
Firefighters, aircraft and heavy equipment are fighting the wildfire which is currently burning out-of-control
One resident tweeted how heartbroken they were that they were forced to leave their home as the fire approached
'We are currently under a dry airmass that is not moving. The airmass brings higher temperatures and very low relative humidity, combined with strong gusty winds that are creating a challenging environment for firefighters, a news release from the province said Monday about the High Level forest area.
'This weather is expected to extend through the rest of the week. There is no rain in the forecast. '
More than 200 firefighters, five air tankers and 18 helicopters are attempting to attack the flames, according to GlobalNews.
'Crews, air tankers and helicopters with buckets worked all day to minimize the spread of this wildfire,' officials with Alberta Wildfire said.
'Tankers worked to help the wildfire into pockets of aspen and keep the west flank from blowing out. Crews and heavy equipment worked on the east side of the fire, which was very active as well. '