EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is heading to a northern town that has been partially destroyed by wind-fuelled wild fires.
Stelmach says he wants to see first-hand the damage to Slave Lake, which has had one -third of its structures destroyed or damaged.
The town’s government building and library have fallen to the flames.
Thousands of residents from the town northwest of Edmonton had to flee as the fire came into the town pushed by strong winds.
Stelmach says he’s asked that key government ministries and agencies get together to deal with the immediate needs of the residents of Slave Lake.
The premier says the province is grateful for the outpouring of support for the residents and is praising the firefighters, police officers and emergency response personnel who helped with the evacuation.