Mackenzie County declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) on Monday, May 20th at 11:40 a.m. due to the Chuckegg Creek Wildfire and more recently the Jackpot Creek Wildfire.
The SOLE has been renewed on the following dates as the emergency continues to exist in Mackenzie County due to the wildfire.
- May 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
- June 3, 2019 at 10:59 a.m.
- June 10, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
- June 17, 2019 at 10:25 a.m.
- June 24, 2019 at 10:24 a.m.
- July 1, 2019 at 10:20 a.m.
- July 8, 2019 at 10:15 a.m.
- July 15, 2019 at 10:10 a.m.
For updates regarding this emergency event please visit our Facebook page.
Areas Currently Under Alert for Potential Evacuation - Lifted
Effective July 12, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
The evacuation alert that has been in place for the areas: west of Range Rd. 154, north of Highway 697 to south of Township Rd. 1050, including the La Crete Ferry Campground and the area west of Range Rd. 151, north of Township Rd. 1050, south of Township Rd. 1070 including the Hamlet of La Crete has been lifted. There is no longer an evacuation alert in place for any area of Mackenzie County.
The fire remains in close proximity to our communities, and days of active fire behaviour are expected to occure throughout the summer. Smoke will continue to be visible, and depending on weather conditions, may cause reduced visibility on highways. Continue to remain vigilant should the situation change.
We urge you to continue to give firefighters, heavy equipment and aircraft room to do their job. They will continue to work on this fire for months to come, and allowing them to do their job ensures everyone's ongoing safety.
What is an Evacuation Alert?
An evacuation alert is simply a notification to residents to allow you to prepare for a potential evacuation. You are not required to evacuate at this time.
How to Prepare - get ready by fueling your vehicle, gathering supplies including important documents, food and water, medication, blankets, sleeping bags, personal items, identification, pets, etc.
Wildfire Status Updates
For information regarding the wildfire please visit https://wildfire.alberta.ca/wildfire-status/status-map.aspx and click on High Level under the Wildfire Updates section.
Highway Condition Updates
For information regarding highway conditions please visit https://511.alberta.ca
Air Quality Advisories
For information regarding air quality please visit Alberta Health Services - Air Quality Advisories.
Mental Health Supports
For information regarding help during difficult times visit Alberta Health Services - Help in Tough Times
The Northwest Alberta wildfire evacuation payment is a one-time funding ease the costs of being away from your primary home due to an evacuation order. It helps to pay for immediate housing needs and day-to-day purchases such as groceries, gas, and more.
Click Here for a copy of the Fact Sheet for Evacuees which provides information on eligibility, application process, etc.
Alberta Health Services
Click Here for information regarding Returning to Your Home after a Wildfifre.
Camping Area Updates
Atlas Landing & Walls Landing - CLOSED
Due to the close proximity of the out of control wildfire and firefighting operations, these camping areas are closed until further notice. The wildfire is still active and dangerous. Everyone's safety is the priority of Mackenzie County and we will not risk the safety of citizens and first responders.
Machesis Lake Campground - CLOSED
Due to the wildfire the campground will remain closed until further notice.
Mackenzie County Emergency Coordination Centre - 780-927-3718 (regular office hours 8:15 am - 4:30 pm)