Rain on the way for southern Alberta

By The Canadian Press
September 12, 2017 - 7:03am Updated: September 13, 2017 - 6:17am

WATERTON- With a forecast calling for rain for the next few days, crews fighting a wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park and the surrounding area in southern Alberta have some reason for optimism.

But local municipal leaders say the region isn't out of the woods yet, and plans are in place in case the town of Pincher Creek has to be evacuated.

At a news conference last night, participants say the fire took a dramatic shift during the overnight period the night before, becoming very intense and moving very quickly, growing by 330 square kilometres.

Don Anderberg, the mayor of Pincher Creek, says it was a pretty scary experience and at one point, he thought the town might end up catching on fire.

Premier Rachel Notley says 135 firefighters, 14 helicopters and nine air tankers are battling the Waterton National Park blaze and more help is ready if needed.

(The Canadian Press)




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