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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Emergency wildfire situation in Crowsnest Pass



Alberta Emergency Management Agency update, issued Tues. Oct. 17, 2017, 11:53 pm:

The Wildfire between the Sentinel Industrial Park and Coleman continues to be out of control, and Highway 3 west of Coleman remains closed to all traffic. Willow Drive, McLaren Ridge, Carbondale Trailer Court, and MacGillivary Flats are evacuated, and no one should be in these areas. Everyone else in Coleman should be prepared to evacuate on short notice.

A Reception Centre has been setup at the Vertical Church in Pincher Creek, which is located at 1200 Ken Thorton Blvd., and all evacuated residents are asked to register at the church and they can register by calling 403-627-9457.

Willow Drive, McLaren Ridge, Carbondale Trailer Court, and MacGillivary Flats remain under an evacuation order, and everyone else in Coleman should be prepared to evacuate on short notice. Highway 3 west of Coleman remains closed and there is heavy smoke in the area. All evacuees should go to or call the Vertical Church in Pincher Creek to register. Phone # 403-627-9457.

Information Shared by Real Country Radio at 9:30 pm:

Emergency command is set up at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.

The town asks that residents try to conserve water until power is restored. We don’t want to tax our water reserves too much.

We have no definite timeline for when restoration will be complete. It could be back by midnight, or not until tomorrow morning.

The outages here in the Pass are the absolute #1 priority for Fortis. Of all the locations experiencing outages through the province right now, we have the most crews responding to try to get us back up and running.

The work is slow due to wind, and related challenges caused by wind. Crews have to check every pole for downed lines, lines affected by fallen trees.

Schools:

All schools in the Pass will be closed today.

If the situation changes:

If you still have a charge on your phone, download the Alberta Emergency Alert App through your app store. If new evacuations are ordered, or the situation changes in any significant way, you will receive a very loud, annoying alert that will wake you in the middle of the night.

If the worst were to happen and you needed to evacuate in the middle of the night, there WILL be people going door to door.
Alberta Wildfire Info update at 8:15 pm: The wildfire near Coleman is over 50 hectares in size and is listed as out of control. It is located less than 3 kilometres west of Coleman. Crews are expected to work through the night.

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass at 9:30 pm, October 17:

At this time, Highway 3 westbound remains closed at Flummerfelt Park in Coleman.



6:17 pm update:

Alberta Emergency Management Agency, issued Tues. Oct. 17, 2017, 6:17 pm - The out of control Wildfire between the Sentinel Industrial Park and Coleman continues to burn and is still being driven by the winds towards Coleman. Everyone on Willow Drive is ordered to evacuate immediately. *The only evacuated areas are Willow Drive, McLaren Ridge, Carbondale Trailer Court and MacGillivary Flats.  Everyone else in Coleman should be prepared to evacuate on short notice. A Reception Centre has been opened at the Vertical Church in Pincher Creek. *This is the only reception Centre open for this event.

Evacuation centre: Vertical Church

The address for the Vertical Church in Pincher Creek is 1200 Ken Thorton Blvd. and all evacuated residents are asked to register at the church and can register by calling 403-627-9457.

Everyone on Willow Drive in Coleman must evacuate immediately, and everyone else in Coleman should be prepared to evacuate on short notice. Highway 3 westbound from Coleman remains barricaded by the Police and caution should be used when traveling due to heavy smoke. All evacuees should go to or call the Vertical Church in Pincher Creek to register. Phone *403-904-0021.






RCMP Alberta - RCMP and Emergency services in Crowsnest pass are currently working to evacuate residents of the western edge of the town of Coleman. A wildfire is moving rapidly due to extreme winds from the west.

Highway 3 will be experiencing traffic disruptions both east and westbound. Motorists should avoid travelling through Crowsnest pass a this time

This situation is currently unfolding and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

3 comments:

  1. When is the highway open again?

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    1. When they deem it safe to reopen it.

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  2. Husband went to Fernie for work today and then the fire happened and now he is spending the night waiting on the highway :( any idea when the highway will be open and he can come home to his family?

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