World News – CA – Bighorn declares local state of emergency over uncontrollable wildfire


BIGHORN – Bighorn CEO signed a local state of emergency at 2:50 am Tuesday (Oct 6) As Devil’s Head wildfire status spiraled out of control

« In the evening the Devil’s Head forest fire was rekindled by Chinook winds and the fire has pierced the containment zone and is moving south toward the Ghost River and east, » said said Bighorn Managing Director Reeve Dene Cooper

« We have not yet had to evacuate the residents of Bighorn, [but] we have declared a state of local emergency because the fire is large enough We are preparing for the worst »

Residents of Bighorn in the surrounding area including Richards Road, Pears Road, Highway 40, Summer Village of Waiparous, Hamlet of Benchlands, Ghost Country Place, and West Jamieson are urged to prepare to evacuate on short notice

The rebirth stems from the Labor Day long weekend, the Devil’s Head wildfire in the Black Rock Mountain area in Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park The area is in Bighorn DM and along the eastern edge of Banff National Park near Lake Minnewanka

To fight the initial fire, four helicopters, a tanker and 26 firefighters were dispatched The fire burned nearly 700 acres of land

Last week, Alberta Forestry also dispatched 14 firefighters and five helicopters, the status being changed from « under control » to « in custody » « 

Under control is when a wildfire receives enough extinguishing to ensure it does not spread further Being detained indicates with current resources that there should be sufficient suppression and that the forest fire is unlikely to spread beyond existing limits Out of control is when the forest fire does not not respond to suppression and let the flames cross the boundaries

Investigators determined the fire was started by an abandoned campfire Investigators are working with the RCMP to identify anyone who may have been in the area between Aug 30 and Sept 4

Alberta Emergency Alert listed the alert at 5:52 a.m., indicating that there were no structures at risk at the time and that the ground crews were on their way

Emergency Command Center (ECC) coordinator Kendra Tippe said residents should keep an eye on the Alberta Emergency Alert website or MD Bighorn’s website for an update. day

« We are working to confirm the location [of the meeting] to know when and if an evacuation alert is called … residents should be prepared to evacuate on short notice, » Tippe said

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World News – CA – Bighorn declares local state of emergency in the event of an uncontrollable forest fire



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