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Whitecourt Wildfire Update - May 22, 2023

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No wildfire advisories have been issued for the Town of Whitecourt.

The Government of Alberta posts daily updates on wildfires across the province. To read updates for the Whitecourt area, visit https://srd.web.alberta.ca/whitecourt-area-update.

Smoke from wildfires continues to settle over the community, and a special air quality statement remains in effect. For more information on how you can protect your health, visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/air.aspx.

Highway 43 north of Whitecourt reopened to traffic north and south bound. Speed limits have been reduced to 80 km/hour between Fox Creek and Valleyview. Wildfire and utility repair crews continue to be actively working along the highway. Motorists must reduce speed to 60 km/hour when passing crews or emergency vehicles. Visibility continues to be impacted by smoke in the area. For the most up to date information on highway conditions visit 511 Alberta.511 Alberta.

A Fire Ban remains in place for the Town of Whitecourt and surrounding Woodlands Forest Protection Area. Learn more about the fire ban at www.whitecourt.ca/live/public-safety/emergency-management.

Be prepared

There are no alerts issued for Whitecourt at this time; however, community members should be prepared for an emergency. Make an emergency plan with your family; have an emergency kit ready in your home and car. For tips and checklists, visit www.alberta.ca/emergency-preparedness.aspx.