Thousands of people living in Northern Alberta have been ordered to evacuated due to an out-of-control wildfire burning near the town of High Level.
"The fire is jumping from crown to crown of trees," Premier Jason Kenney said at a press conference, noting that dry and windy weather will create an increasingly dangerous situation in the coming days.
High Level Mayor Crystal McAteer told reporters that the number of active fires in Alberta is slightly higher than the five-year average for this time of year.
Residents in the area saw the wildfire burn, with purple-colour puffs of smoke moving through nearby communities.
The High Level fire has to be addressed from above, as it’s too dangerous to have anyone on the ground to fight the fire, said Bruce Mayer, assistant deputy minister, Alberta Environment at the press conference.
The fire has come within 5 km of homes, but there’s no reports of damage or injuries yet, Kenney said.
Crews are working around the clock to contain the fire and residents are expected to be barred from returning for at least a few days.