Mayor of Slave Lake tells Global's Laurel Clark that 30% of the town of Slave Lake has been destroyed.
Residents will not be able to return to the town until there is water and power in the area. Restoring services could take weeks.
Provincial officials say a 'small number' of Slave Lake residents ignored evacuation order and are being 'dealt with.'
@Jordan In the Lesser Slave Lake area alone, 15 wild fires are burning out of control. In addition to the evacuation of Slave Lake, there are mandatory evacuation orders in place for Loon Lake, Red Earth Creek, and parts of the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River including Wagner, Widewater, Canyon Creek, Assineau, and the Poplar Lane Subdivision east of Slave Lake. The Municipal District of Northern Sunrise has issued evacuation advisories for Little Buffalo and Martin Lake.
Statement from Rona Ambrose, Regional Minister for Northern Alberta: "My thoughts and prayers are with the residents and their families as they endure this tragedy ... I hope for an early end to the fires and a swift return to safe conditions."
ATB Financial will announce that it will support customers affected by the massive Slave Lake wildfire with a major new loan deferral program. Details to follow.
RCMP: Seven RCMP members have had their residences and personal possessions destroyed by this (Slave Lake) fire and these members are receiving support in order to re-establish their personal lives.
Cenovus Energy is supporting residents of the Slave Lake area forced from their homes due to forest fires by donating $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for its relief efforts in northern Alberta.
City of Edmonton Disaster Social Services will provide an update at 1:00 p.m. on ongoing assistance in support of Slave Lake area residents displaced by wildfires. Global will be there...updates here as they come in.
Alberta sheriffs have been granted 'powers of arrest and detention' under Slave Lake state of local emergency and evacuation order to ensure that if people are not complying they can be taken into custody.
Athabasca Multiplex seeks donations of womens, mens and childrens underwear, socks, boxers and bras, backpacks, bags, hair gel, nail clippers, bug spray, kids toothpaste, mouthwash, air matresses and foamies.
Latest from province on evacuations: In addition to the evacuation of Slave Lake, there are mandatory evacuation orders in place for Loon Lake, Red Earth Creek, and parts of the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River including Wagner, Widewater, Canyon Creek, Assineau, and the Poplar Lane Subdivision east of Slave Lake. The Municipal District of Northern Sunrise has issued evacuation advisories for Little Buffalo and Martin Lake.
From Global viewer Tina Anstey (via Facebook): Teen Time Ranch in the Dapp area has opended their doors to evacuee's! They can keep up to 200 people! They are cooking there as well. They have cabins, beds, camping spots and lots of space! (780) 466-8530. Please repost this to spead the word. Theres room for Livestock as well!
Sturgeon County fire update: The wildland fire that is burning north of Township Road 560 along the Sturgeon River, between Range
Roads 224 and Range 225, south east of Casa Vista is currently under control.
Factoid: The 105,000 hectares of land that has burned in the province already this season would equal an area approximately 1.5 times the size of the city of Edmonton.
@Gail They're working on restoring power to the undamaged parts of town, but officials think it could be a week or more before they are able to do so.
Realty Executives Renaissance in Stony Plain, AB has set up a drop off location to accept donations for the victims of the Slave Lake fire. Our office address is 5013 – 48 St., Stony Plain, AB.