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Wildfire jumps highway near Edson, forces evacuations

Last Updated May 20, 2019 at 1:04 pm MDT

(PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

EDSON – Mounties in central Alberta are evacuating homes along Highway 16 as a wildfire in the area grows.

Edson RCMP says it’s been out issuing evacuation orders and telling people to leave in the Marlboro area now that a wildfire has jumped the highway and is burning on both sides of the road.

A number of homes are at risk and people are packing up their belongings and fleeing the area.

Traffic was temporarily stopped along the stretch of Highway 16 due to what police called “impassible” conditions. The highway has since been reopened in the area.

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Meantime, a wildfire in northern Alberta is inching closer to the town of High Level. And while town officials say the fire isn’t a direct threat yet, people should be ready to go at a moments notice should the fire rapidly grow.

RCMP say any updates on the situation will be provided as they become available.