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THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | MAY 30, 2019 AT 11:00 A.M.
The Chuckegg Creek Fire (High Level area) experienced extreme fire behaviour yesterday with significant growth to the south towards Paddle Prairie, across Highway 35 by Highway 697 and spotted across the Peace River. Continued hot and dry conditions along with variable, gusty winds have proved a challenge to firefighting efforts and safety. Municipal firefighters and heavy equipment responded, with structure protection established as possible to the south of the fire. The fire also experienced growth to the west and continued fire activity on the north part of the fire around Watt Mountain.
Firefighters, heavy equipment, and aircraft are assessing the situation given the recent fire growth and will focus on priority areas. Structural protection and municipal firefighters are working to protect values. The weather forecast today anticipates cooler temperatures and higher minimum relative humidity, though winds today are expected to remain gusty and are expected to come primarily from the north.
The last recorded size is approximately 230,000 hectares.
Heavy equipment continues make good progress on sections of the fire perimeter to build guard lines, which are being reinforced by firefighters and airtankers as can safely fly in smoky conditions.
There are 168 structural firefighters that continue to establish and maintain structural protection on homes in the Town of High Level and on other critical values at risk within Mackenzie County. Alberta Wildfire has 400, firefighters along with 26 helicopters on this fire.
Atco has restored power supply and is supporting normal operations to Mackenzie County, Town of High Level, La Crete, Fort Vermilion & Dene Tha’ First Nation. Atco has secured large-scale backup generators that can be drawn on to provide power to communities, if needed.
For more information please continue to monitor the AB Wildfire Website http://srd.web.alberta.ca/high-level-area-update