From City of Edmonton: About 400 residents from Slave Lake have registered at a temporary reception area set up in the Edmonton EXPO Centre at Northlands.
From St. Albert Gazette (via Twitter): Relief barbecue dinner tonight at St. Albert Superstore from 4 to 7 p.m. Families from Slave Lake invited.
City of Edmonton's Support Network will offer help to those struggling to cope with the devastating effects of the fire by providing emotional support and connections to available resources in the community.
The Support Network can be accessed by phone, in person and online.
• 24 hour Distress Line: 780-482-HELP(4357) in Edmonton or 1-800-232-7288
• 211: Dial 211 for health, human services, community and government assistance resources
• Walk-In Counseling (hours vary, call 780-482-0198): 400, 10025-106 St, Edmonton, Alberta
• Online Crisis Services: Visit www.thesupportnetwork.com
As anxious as residents of Slave Lake, Alberta are to find out if a wildfire spared their homes, the RCMP says it's just not safe for them to go back yet.
The Mounties say it will be at least the weekend before residents can get back in, because there are still open gas lines in the town and smoke laced with chemicals is rising from burned-out buildings.
But despite a mandatory evacuation order and forest fires burning out of control nearby, officials say some people have refused to leave.
(The Canadian Press)
Incredible video of northern Alberta wildfires shot by Global 1 is on the way. Stay tuned...
Premier Ed Stelmach addressing the media at 5:00 p.m. @ Alberta Emergency Management Agency. Details on the Early News and the News Hour.
Red Earth Creek is battling to save it's community - it's been under a mandatory evacuation alert since the weekend when a wild fire came right to the edge of their community. Two residences and several outbuildings were lost. There are now two fires - one to the north and one to the south. The community's nine volunteer firefighters are working around the clock to make sure their town stays safe. About 30 forestry workers are helping them. The residents were evacuated to Misery Mountain near Peace River.
@wondering As of this afternoon, here are the evacuation orders that have been issued. 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.
Snowandmud will have a donation area from 6:00-9:00 pm today and 5:00-9:00 pm tomorrow at Home Depot on 17th street and Whitemud. Donations of money and toiletries, etc will be accepted.
Premier Ed Stelmach addressing the media now. Praising firefighters: "Some of these firefighters stayed at their post even as their own homes burnt."
Stelmach: "For people who have had to leave their home there are many questions. We are doing our best to get the answers."
Stelmach: Province-wide fire ban in place effective immediately.
Stelmach: "We are asking Albertans who will be enjoying Alberta's great outdoors to cooperate with the ban and not put others at risk."
Stelmach: "The total loss of property will take a while to get a handle on."
Stelmach on Emergency Public Warning System: "I'm not going to second guess what happened on Sunday. I'm very grateful that every resident was evacuated safely. We'll have time to review who said what and when. The most important thing is that lives were saved."