Alberta residents warned of wildfires south of High Level and near Edson

The Chuckegg Creek wildfire near High Level grew to over 23,000 hectares Sunday

Alberta residents warned of wildfires south of High Level and near Edson

"It's pushing away from the highway and it's also not burning towards the town of High Level".

The B.C. Wildfire Service will be deploying 267 personnel to Alberta this week, as a result of the "increasing wildfire threat in that province".

Fire Information Officer, Kyla Fraser said it is important for the provinces to band together.

There has been nearly no rain in the northern half of the province since the beginning of April, and warm temperatures and winds have made conditions ideal for fires.

"For the month of May, we are showing normal or below-normal levels of expected fire severity through the entire country", said Richard Carr, a fire research analyst. Official reports said flames were within three kilometres.

Winds are forecasted to be out of the southeast for the next several days, which will continue to push the fire away from homes and other buildings.

Highway 35 remains closed from 5km south of High Level to 30km south.

The evacuation centre in Slave Lake can accommodate as many as 1,200 people.

"We do have crews that are actively sprinkling residences along the perimeter that's closest to the fire, we do have crews going out and doing those protection measures", Grant said in the conference call.

The blaze has now eaten its way through about 920 square kilometres of forest, which is an area bigger than the size of Calgary.

More than 200 firefighters, five air tankers and 18 helicopters are attempting to attack the flames, according to GlobalNews.

"It's an honour and a privilege to be included as an essential service in such a traumatic time in the life of our community", she said.

The wildfire jumped the highway - which became impassable, RCMP said - and was burning on both sides. Tolko Industries Ltd. on Wednesday said it suspended operations at its lumber mill, and Norbord Inc. on Tuesday said it halted production at its oriented strand board mill. Others are expected later this week from Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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