Mandatory evacuation alert for some Pincher Creek area residents

Forest and grass fires are getting more and more violent in southern Alberta with dry weather and high winds causing a state of emergency.

Parks Canada issued the following evacuation orders, updated on Sept 12 at 2:15 am.

Pincher Creek residents in the area south of Highway 505 to Waterton Park.

Cardston County residents in all areas between Waterton Park and Range Road 281 (Hwy 800) from the U.S. border north to Township Road 40.

Special Areas #2 residents in the area east of Range Road 23 south of Highway 555 and extends east to Highway 41.

And also the following evacuation order Tuesday morning at 4:57 am.

The Blood Tribe has declared a mandatory evacuation order for Zone 1 of the Blood Reserve including the Fish Creek, St. Paul apartments north to Russell, Many Fingers homes due to the danger of the Waterton wildfire. Residence in Zone 3 (north of Russell, Many Fingers residences extending to Lavern and little Chicago area) should prepare to evacuate on short notice.

People are asked to be careful when evacuating and the following instructions have been added.

Evacuees are directed to go to the Standoff multipurpose building and register. Contact the Blood Tribe Police if you have transportation concerns. Avoid the area, follow the directions of authorities and listen to local media for further information.

Stay updated with live reports here. 

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