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The number of evacuated residents near Slave Lake is climbing rapidly as forest fires continue to rage out of control near the community. So far five homes and ten other buildings have been destroyed while strong winds continue to hamper firefighting efforts.
Close to 1,000 people have been forced from their homes since the fires broke out Saturday afternoon. Initially, about 260 people were evacuated from the Poplar Lane and Mitsue areas but Sunday afternoon, another 700 residents were ordered out of the area because of another fire burning southwest of the community.
Displaced residents are being sent to a Red Cross reception centre at Northern Lakes College. Two schools in the area are being set up as temporary shelters for evacuees.
There are about 70 wildfires throughout the province, with the one near Slave Lake considered the worst.
RCMP spokeswoman Doris Stapleton says the town is on fire and many homes have been burned down.
She says no injuries have been reported.
Alberta has called in hundreds of extra firefighters to battle a fire that's still burning out of control after destroying 40 per cent of the town of Slave Lake — and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.
Most of the destruction happened in the southeastern section of town, where half the homes were consumed by flames.
Almost all 7,000 residents have been evacuated from the town, hundreds going to evacuation shelters in Athabasca, Westlock and Edmonton. Many found other places to stay.
Originally posted by NowanKenubi
reply to post by AeonStorm
I was telling the OP last night that we were flooding here and wished for a strong wind to rise and bring all that humidity to your place to help, but he told me there were also flooding... This is so weird and tragic...
I prey that it rains sooner than soon. We don't need the country burning like Russia did last summer...