2 new Alberta fires cause mandatory evacuations


EDMONTON – Two forest fires in northwest Alberta have forced more people out of their homes.

All residents in the hamlet of Glenevis, as well as those north of the Alexis reserve, about 68 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, have been ordered to evacuate the area.

“There’s been one house that has burned so far,” RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott said Wednesday afternoon.

“There have been no injuries.”

A reception centre has been set up at the Cherhill Community Centre.

Also, rural residents south of High Level between Bushe Reserve and Highway 35 have been ordered to leave their homes due to a fire, according to Alberta Emergency Alert.

The government agency says residents have been asked to go to the Town of High Level office to register and receive further instructions.

High Level is 780 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.