Wildfire evacuation order lifted for area west of Edmonton

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ENTWISTLE, Alta. — Authorities have lifted an wildfire evacuation order for an area west of Edmonton.

The alert was issued Saturday near the hamlet of Entwistle, about 100 kilometres from Edmonton, as multiple grass and brush fires spread in windy and hot conditions.

Evacuation orders are also being lifted for the Yellowhead County communities of Wildwood and Lobstick and areas east and northeast of Chip Lake and south of Highway 16.

The Alberta government says crews have contained a fire near Calmar, but an evacuation order there remains in effect as high temperatures and winds are expected to continue.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo says a fire about 35 kilometres south of Fort McMurray is classified as being held and does not pose any immediate risk to residents near the area of Gregoire Lake.

Most of central Alberta is under a fire ban after a period of windy and unseasonably hot conditions, with little chance of rain in the forecast.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2023.

The Canadian Press