Janvier residents are still being told to prepare to possibly evacuate after a wildfire popped up 10 km south of the hamlet.
An Alberta Emergency Alert was issued Wednesday night.
An update on Thursday says the blaze is still out of control but there is no threat to Janvier at this time. So far, the fire has burned around 237 hectares.
The RMWB notes there is also no risk to the wider region as this is a localized incident.
RCMP are not letting any non-essential people into Janvier. An officer told us residents are allowed into the community, but have been told to pack a bag in preparation. #ymm #rmwb pic.twitter.com/ieq6BjNu1R
— MIX 103.7 News (@Mix1037FMNews) May 24, 2018
No evacuation order has been issued.
Despite this, Councillor Jane Stroud says Anzac is ready to take in possible evacuees at their Recreation Centre. She notes Nexen is also offering 50 rooms and a staging area is being set up at the Moose Haven Lodge.
Buses are also prepared to transport evacuees at the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation Band Office.
The RMWB is setting up a Mobile Command post at their Janvier municipal office.
Meanwhile, Fort McMurray resident Melissa Herman says she’s expecting to see some of her family travel up from Janvier. Her aunt, uncle, and their three kids are planning to leave the community while the wildfire continues to burn.
Herman says many of the residents who are still around are working together to make sure everyone is prepared.
“People were saying if there are any elders you know of, go check on their place. People were going door to door earlier and checking on elders and people who may not have cell phones or transportation”
The air quality is also starting to become a concern as monitoring shows we are experiencing a higher risk. Smoke will be visible in Fort McMurray.
Meanwhile, dry conditions are also expected for the next few days.
Environment Canada is anticipating warm, dry days well into next week increasing the risk of wildfires.
Anyone going outside is being advised to take extra caution with their Off-Highway-Vehicles and should also soak, stir, and soak their campfires.