Alberta community evacuated as forest fire approaches
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, July 12, 2012 6:49AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 13, 2012 8:20AM EDT
ZAMA CITY, Alta. -- The remote community of Zama City in northwestern Alberta has been evacuated because of an encroaching forest fire.
The blaze has already burned about 1,000 square kilometres of timber and bush in the parched region.
A mandatory evacuation order covering about 130 people was issued Tuesday evening for the hamlet about 930 kilometres north of Edmonton.
Another 164 residents of the nearby Dene Tha' First Nation are under a voluntary evacuation order.
John Klassen, director of operations for Mackenzie County, says the order came after the wind shifted and started pushing the blaze toward the hamlet.
He says emergency firefighting crews are standing by in nearby Zama City in case the fire reached the community.