Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Croswnest Pass wildfire updates, afternoon of Oct. 18

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, issued Wed. Oct. 18 at 4:46 pm - The wildfire still burns out of control west of Coleman, but the situation has slightly improved and everyone living on Willow Drive can return to their residences, as the evacuation order for this area is now lifted. The evacuation orders for McLaren Ridge, Carbondale Trailer Court, and MacGillivary Flats remain in place and no one should be in these areas.

McLaren Ridge, Carbondale Trailer Court, and MacGillivary Flats remain under an evacuation order and a Reception Centre has been setup at the Vertical Church in Pincher Creek, which is located at 1200 Ken Thorton Blvd.. All evacuated residents are asked to register at the church and they can register by calling the church at 403-904-0021.

All Residents from Willow Drive must report to the Municipal Office at 8502 - 19 Avenue, Coleman prior to returning to their homes.

Highway 3 is now open but caution must be used while driving in the area.

Municipality of Crowsnest Pass evacuation update October 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm:

The Municipality has declared a State of Local Emergency on 5:43 pm on October 17, 2017 due to a wildfire located in between the Sentinel Industrial Park and Coleman. At this time residents are advised:
  • Willow Drive has been cleared for re-entry at 3:45 pm as the fire is considered held in this area, residents must stop at the Municipal Office at 8502 19 Avenue for an Information Package which will be necessary to regain entry. The office will be open until 8:30 pm.
  • Due to the wildfire conditions and public safety concerns the other evacuations at McLaren Ridge, Carbondale Trailer Court, McGillivray Road/63 Street will not be cleared for re-entry tonight, however, we will be allowing 15 minute escorted entry for medication, pet retrieval and livestock feeding. 
Residents seeking re-entry into evacuated areas must go to the Municipal office between 5:30 and 8:30 pm to obtain a permit. The permit must be presented at the Road Blocks located at:
  • West end of Carbondale Trailer
  • West access to McGillvray on Hwy 3
  • Hwy 3 access for McLaren Estates (South side of Highway 3)
  • Select properties north of Highway 3 (Dudys’ / Bohomlics)
Additional entry will be permitted tomorrow if fire conditions allow.

The Municipality will continue to keep residents updated as the situation develops.

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