Out-of-control wildfire west of Edmonton forces evacuation

An out-of-control wildfire has forced the evacuation of some residents living between Evansburg and Wildwood in Yellowhead County, just west of Edmonton.

The evacuation alert issued Tuesday effects residents along Highway 16 east and Highway 22 up to Highway 16A.

The fire covers an area of about 75 hectares in the Edson Forest Area and is located nine kilometres northwest of Evansburg and moving south, Alberta Wildfire tweeted.

There are currently 30 firefighters, four helicopters, six pieces of heavy equipment and six airtankers involved in fighting the fire. 

Residents of the Lobstick Resort area are also being evacuated with an evacuation centre being set up at the Evansburg Arena in Evansburg.

More to come…

As many as 30 firefighters, four helicopters, six pieces of heavy equipment and six airtankers were fighting the wildfire on Tuesday. (Mae Anderson/CBC)

The fire has forced the evacuation of some residents in the Evansburg area. (Mae Anderson/CBC)

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