Wildfire situation in Alberta worsens

South Okanagan haze 1

A view of the haze from in the South

Meantime, all air quality advisories in the interior - related to the wildfire smoke in Alberta - have now been dropped.

Smoke travelling from the High Level fire was evident during Thursday morning's commute.

The town is the latest community to be put on evacuation alert, as several fires rage out-of-control in northern Alberta and blanket areas to the south in an acrid haze. "You may not have to leave at all, but stay on alert", McAteer said, adding that grocery stores, banks and hospitals will be open. Firefighters were in Alberta from across Canada doing their best to corral the flames.

"The MD has declared a local state of emergency because of that, but we're not panicked at this point", said Warman, who was a town councillor and firefighter during the 2011 wildfire that raced through part of Slave Lake, destroying more that 400 homes and buildings.

In a more recent update, the Edmonton Journal reported Friday that an estimated 10,000 people had been evacuated across northern Alberta.

Projected warmer and drier conditions across the country mean an extended fire season, and more lightning, which also equals more fire, said Flannigan.

Across the province, there were 28 active fires and nine were considered out-of-control.

Trout Lake, Alta., a community about 300 km northeast of Grand Prairie, came under an evacuation order Friday morning.

The biggest blaze was the Chuckegg Creek fire raging near High Level, which covered 2,300 square kilometres Thursday.

If you're driving, keep the windows closed and set your air system to recirculate so the smoky air doesn't get inside.

"We have done such a good job of suppressing fires for so long that we have a lot of trees in our forest". More than 10,000 people have been forced from their homes.

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for much of Alberta, including Calgary.

And the Western Canadian province is not going to get any respite in the coming days, officials said. Air quality advisories will remain in effect until further notice, AHS also said, because air quality can vary throughout the day with changing weather and wind conditions.

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