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Crews making progress on wildfire near High Level

Last Updated Jul 2, 2019 at 9:42 pm MDT

A shot of crews sifting through the remians of forested areas hit by wildfires near La Crete June 20, 2019 (Credit - Alberta Wildfire/Facebook)

HIGH LEVEL – The Alberta government says the massive Chuckegg Creek wildfire that’s forced thousands of people to flee is now considered 60 per cent held.

The blaze is still over 330,000 hectares in size, but Alberta wildfire said that with the resources committed to the fire, it’s not likely to spread beyond its boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions.

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Temperatures in the area were below seasonal over the weekend which helped, but officials report there wasn’t as much rain as hoped.

The good news for fire crews is that rain is expected in the forecast for Tuesday night.

On it’s Facebook page, the Town of High Level said it expects between five to 10 mm of rain.

Right now, over 1,000 are battling the Chuckegg Creek fire along with 45 helicopters and 142 pieces of heavy equipment.