Out-of-control forest fire currently burning near Pinehurst Lake (last updated at 6 pm, 18/05/2019)
UPDATE 2 (6 pm, 18/05/2019)
The Pinehurst Lake wildfire is contained, but still considered out-of-control. However, due to a quick water bomber response, there is no threat to the Elinor Lake community or any other structures in the immediate area. As such, Lac La Biche County resources are no longer required.
Alberta Forestry will continue to fight and monitor the wildfire. Please follow them for more information.
It’s important to remember that both Lac La Biche County and the Forest Protection Area still remain under fire ban due to dry conditions and strong winds. Be sure to check Alberta Fire Bans periodically for updates.
UPDATE (3:30 pm, 18/05/2019)
The Pinehurst Lake wildfire is still classified as out-of-control. Alberta Forestry has multiple resources on scene, and they're working to get a dozer guard in place at the fire's north end.
At this time, there's no risk to the Elinor Lake community. Lac La Biche County resources are remaining on scene with Alberta Forestry.
Keep an eye on this space or the County website for further updates.
There is an out-of-control forest fire near Pinehurst Lake in the forest protection area.
Emergency crews from Alberta Forestry and Lac La Biche County Fire Rescue are staged by the rear of the fire, at the intersection of Township Road 645 and Range Road 113. They're currently fighting the fire with both ground crews and air support. Please avoid the area to give emergency crews as much room as possible to work.
No structures are in the fire's immediate path due to quick action by Alberta Forestry, but the fire is being monitored.
Though no evacuation has been called at this time, Elinor Lake residents should be mindful of the nearby fire. Watch social media, and follow the direction of Peace Officers in the area.
We'll update social media and laclabichecounty.com when more details are available.