The evacuation order in response to a Clearwater County wildfire has been lifted.
Clearwater County provided an update on its website at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday: “The fire is currently classified as being held at approximately 15 (hectares) in size.
“Clearwater County has cancelled the Alberta Emergency Alert which means the Buster Creek Road Fire evacuation order has been lifted and road closures are no longer in effect.”
Alberta Wildfire crews are still actively working in the area.
On Friday afternoon, the the Government of Alberta issued a critical alert for a wildfire north of Crimson Lake and Township Road 410. (Crimson Lake is located about 15 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House.)
Alberta Wildfire began to evacuate people within five kilometres to the north and northwest of the Ferrier Gas Plant on Buster Creek Road.
“Everyone must evacuate immediately following the designated route and obey road blocks. Follow the directions of local authorities,” said the alert issued at 3:42 p.m. Friday.
People who were looking to evacuate the area were asked to head north on Buster Creek Road to O’Chiese Road, west on O’Chiese Road to Sunchild Road and south on Sunchild Road to Highway 11.
At 1 p.m., Clearwater County became aware of the wildfire north of Crimson Lake off Buster Creek Road and west of the North Saskatchewan River.
In a 10 p.m. update, Clearwater County said high winds were a factor in ordering an evacuation.
Since Jan. 1, there have been 34 wildfires in the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area which have burned 26.97 hectares.
There are 15 active wildfires in Alberta at this time. Four are out of control, three are being held and eight are under control. Since Jan. 1, there have been 377 wildfires in Alberta which have burned 1112.68 hectares.
A fire restriction is in effect for the Rocky Mountain House Forest Area due to hot and dry conditions. Under this restriction, existing fire permits are suspended and all outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved by a forest officer.