Local help is heading to southern Alberta to assist with wildfire response efforts.
Red Deer County Protective Services is sending six individuals to aid the RCMP Special Tactical Operations team with logistical support.
Community and Protective Services Director Ric Henderson and Senior County Peace Officer Irv Heide will be taking four Technical rescue volunteers - Dave Brand, Don Bell, Jamie Schur and Wayne Moulton - down to southern Alberta along with the County Incident Command Post and Deployment trailers.
The group is deploying this afternoon and plan on being in southern Alberta for 3-4 days.
The Ponoka Fire Department has also been called upon by the province for help with the wildfire situation.
Fire Chief Jamie Wilkinson, a crew of three firefighters and PFD Engine #1 were deployed early this morning. They’ve been asked to report to a staging area for emergency operations near the wildfires.
So far, Red Deer Emergency Services has not been called upon by the province to send any personnel or equipment down south.
Karen Mann with Red Deer Emergency Services says they are monitoring the situation and are willing to send help if and when they are requested to do so.
Fire crews have managed to stop the spread of a wildfire into the Waterton Lakes National Park townsite. But they weren't able to save the visitor's centre from the flames, or stop them spreading into grasslands outside the park.
Premier Rachel Notley says 500 people were ordered out of their homes in the Waterton townsite and some nearby areas, including a First Nations community southwest of Lethbridge.
Notley says 135 firefighters, 14 helicopters and nine air tankers are battling the blaze, with more help ready if needed.
(With file from The Canadian Press)
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