The wildfire north of Fort McMurray is expanding and growing in size and the mandatory evacuation for Fort McMurray has been extended north.
According to an Alberta Emergency Alert posted Monday afternoon all camps north of Fort McMurray up to and including the Ruth Lake Camp are to evacuate, and all camps and production facilities requiring the use of the Aostra Road are to evacuate.
On Sunday a fire started in the Municipal District of Greenview, south of the Hamlet of Little Smoky and north of Fox Creek.
The fire is approximately 800 hectares in size. A mandatory evacuation notice and State of Local Emergency have been issued.
Both sides of Highway 43 were evacuated from Township Roads 650 to 664 and Range Roads 215 to 210. A reception centre has been established at the Paradise Inn in Valleyview (3609 Highway St, Valleyview).
The Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control.
It is estimated to cover 284,214 hectares and there were four new fire starts over the past 24 hours. A total of 15 wildfires are burning, with three out of control.
Presently there are 1,919 firefighters, 161 helicopters, 377 pieces of heavy equipment and 29 air tankers currently battling the fires.
ATCO has more than 300 employees on the ground in Fort McMurray restoring critical utility infrastructure and temporary housing.
Fort McMurray, Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation remain under a mandatory evacuation order while Fort McKay First Nation is under a recommended evacuation order.