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Rural wildfire west of Edmonton forces evacuation of 200 people

Two hundred evacuation notices have been delivered to residents in the area of Lindale, Alta., west of Edmonton.


About 200 people have been ordered from their homes in a rural area west of Edmonton as a wildfire fanned by heavy winds burns out of control.

The County of Brazeau says it has delivered 200 evacuation notices to residents in the Lindale area.

No homes have been destroyed, but another 200 people in the nearby Birchwood area are on one-hour evacuation alert.

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Municipal crews are fighting the 17-hectare blaze supported by Alberta water bombers, helicopters, bulldozers and ground crews.

A reception centre has been set up in Drayton Valley to help evacuees.

The wildfire danger in many parts of Alberta is listed as high to extreme.

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