Wildfire near Evansburg prompts evacuation, emergency alert west of Edmonton

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An out-of-control wildfire in Yellowhead County between Evansburg and Willwood has prompted an emergency alert and warning to evacuate.

An Alberta Emergency Alert issued at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday said residents along Highway 16, west of Highway 22, up to Highway 16A, including the Lobstick Resort Area, must evacuate immediately.

In a tweet just before 6 p.m., Alberta Wildfire said the fire was 40 hectares in size in a forested area nine kilometres west of Evansburg, and moving south.

Twenty-eight firefighters, four helicopters, six air tankers and six pieces of heavy equipment were being used to fight the fire, the agency said.

Officials are setting up an evacuation centre at the Evansburg Arena.

Residents impacted by the evacuation can call 1-833-334-4630 and visit alberta.ca/wildfires for information on wildfire preparedness.

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