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Noralta lodges still standing, next 24h “critical”

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Noralta lodges still standing, next 24h "critical"

View of smoke billowing over Fort McMurray from Grey Wolf Lodge on May 4, 2016 // Chris Vandenbreekel

Despite a 68,000 hectare increase in the size of “The Beast,” Noralta camps are still standing north of Fort McMurray.

The Lodging company posted an update on their Facebook page at 10:30 a.m., confirming that their main lodge and others remain undamaged by the wildfire that destroyed Black Sand Lodge Tuesday morning.

At a press briefing yesterday, Alberta Wildfire Manager Chad Morrison told reporters that the fire was “on the doorsteps” of Noralta’s main lodge located near the Suncor overpass.

Crews held the line at the lodge overnight, but it remains at risk yesterday.

Noralta noted in their post that the next 24 hours are “critical” due to high winds and temperatures that will lead to extreme fire behaviour again today.

The company added that Grey Wolf isn’t currently considered at-risk by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, but they are ready to evacuate the facility until the threat has passed completely.

Noralta Post 10:30 a.m. May 18

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