Wildfire in the foothills of southern Alberta west of Nanton | The Canadian News

While the wildfire season has officially ended in Alberta, a fire broke out overnight in the southwest area of ​​Ranchland # 66.

A Alberta Emergency Alert Issued Early Wednesday Morning He said the fire was burning on the west side of Highway 22, about a mile south of Highway 533.

According to Alberta Wildfire, the wildfire was approximately 100 hectares in size, at 1:41 am, and the cause was still under investigation.

The fire was heading east, fueled by damaging westerly winds. A Environment Canada Wind Warning He said the gusts could reach 140 km / h along the foothills where the fire is located.

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At first, rural residents between Highway 533 and Chimney Rock Road were asked to immediately evacuate Nanton, which is about 60 kilometers south of Calgary. A reception center was installed in the Nanton Community Room (2204-18 St.)

The critical emergency alert was downgraded to an information alert shortly before 6 a.m., when the province said residents of the area were no longer at immediate risk.

“Evacuees can safely return home at this time. Residents in the area between Highway 533 and Chimney Rock Road are on standby to be evacuated again in case the winds change. Be prepared to evacuate on short notice, ”the updated information read.

Winds are expected to linger during the day, weakening at night but staying gusty through Thursday.

Global News has a team targeting the area. This story will be updated as more details become available.

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