The MD of Willow Creek declared a state of emergency as of 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 4th and is evacuating some residents due to a fire in the area.
The evacuation affects residents in Township 9, Ranges 26 and 27. It also affects resident in Township 10, Ranges 25 and 26. According to Willow Creek M-D spokesperson Cynthia Vizzuti, at least two structures have burned, a feedlot is threatened and 100 to 200 households were contacted.
If you live in those areas North of Township Road 100, evacuees can go to the Claresholm community centre, located on 59th avenue and 8th Street West.
If you're an evacuee that lives south of Township Road 100 - you're asked go to the Fort Macleod Community hall at 301 25th Street.
Residents with livestock should cut the fences and let them go, or they can be taken to the Agricultural Society in Claresholm or the Agricultural Centre in Fort Macleod. Fort Macleod Auction Market will also offer space for cattle. Call Justin Keeley at 403.627.6534.
RCMP are redirecting traffic on Hwy 2 at Hwy 519. Northbound traffic is currently stopped and Southbound traffic is being rerouted to Hwy 519. They're dealing with vehicle rollovers as well as smoke and fire containment.
Nanton RCMP request all empty transport trucks not travel Highway-2 between High River and Claresholm at this time.
Emergency workers ask that you plan to use an alternate route and stay clear of the area if you don't need to be there.
A house/trailer fire has been confirmed east of Nanton, which has closed Highway-533.
The City of Lethbridge Fire Department sent two Grass fire trucks and four fire-fighters to the Fort MacLeod fire. Also, the County of Lethbridge put the Coalhurst, Nobleford and Picture Butte fire departments on standby.
The list of Fire Bans areas continues to grow. The City of Lethbridge now has a
fire ban on all open fires in the River Valley area. The only exclussions are
stoves at the John Martin Centre and fire pits at the Elks Compound
or residential fire pits.
Also, the M-D of Taber and the County of Warner are now under a total fire
bans, which includes burning barrels and a termination of fire permits.
The County of Lethbridge and the M-D of Willow Creek issued Fire Bans on