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Posted on: May 30, 2019

THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | MAY 30, 2019 AT 8:30 P.M.

THE CHUCKEGG CREEK FIRE | MAY 30, 2019 AT 8:30 P.M.

The Chuckegg Creek Fire experienced extreme fire behaviour yesterday with significant growth to the south. Continued hot and dry conditions along with variable, gusty winds have proved a challenge to firefighting efforts and safety. Structural firefighters continue to assess and mobilize structural protection in critical areas of the fire, with focus in and around Paddle Prairie where active fire remains.

Firefighters, heavy equipment, and aircraft are focusing on establishing containment in priorities areas, including: north of Highway 58, from Highway 35 to the Peace River, the Paddle Prairie area, and to the east of the Peace River (north of Carcajou) where the fire spotted across last night. Firefighters continue to consolidate containment along Highway 35 to High Level. Heavy equipment is building fire guards to the north of High Level to limit further spread of the fire on the north side towards Hutch Lake.

The weather today yielded cooler conditions, which helped reduce the intensity of recent fire behaviour. However, the weather outlook expects continued warm and dry conditions with limited levels of the substantial precipitation needed to significantly calm fire behaviour and aid firefighter s in suppression efforts.

The last recorded size is approximately 230,000 hectares.

The significant fire run on May 29th damaged powerlines along Highway 35, Atco is working to assess damage. 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 go to the AB Wildfire Update at http://srd.web.alberta.ca/high-level-area-update

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