Thousands forced from homes by wind-whipped grass fire in southern Alberta
Posted by satyrikon στο Σεπτεμβρίου 11, 2012
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — High winds were fuelling a massive grass fire in southern Alberta on Monday, prompting precautionary evacuations in at least three communities.
However, conditions were improving by late evening with officials saying water bombers had managed to knock back the flames, and cooler temperatures were also helping.
Residents of Coalhurst and Milk River — with populations of 2,200 and 800 respectively — were ordered out of their homes, along with rural residents in the region.
A mobile home park in the much larger city of Lethbridge was also cleared and the city declared a state of emergency.
Evacuees from Coalhurst and Lethbridge were being directed to congregate at three points — a gymnasium in Lethbridge, the Enmax building in Lethbridge and the community centre in Picture Butte.
The people of Milk River were told to go to the nearby town of Raymond.
Barbara Edgecombe-Green, spokeswoman for…
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