Provincial fire officials report the Chuckegg Fire risk remained unchanged Saturday morning with crews battling flames roughly three kilometres from the town of High Level.Lighter winds helped and wildland fire crews used a controlled burn to remove flammable material. It created a barrier to prevent the fire from spreading. In town, fire fighters from 22 cities and towns have gone yard to yard, removing flammable patio furniture, propane tanks and debris to reduce risk. They’re also setting up sprinkler systems on the southwest and northwest sides of town.So far, the fire has spread mostly away from town.Provincials officials issued an update at 10:30 a.m. update Saturday. Another update is expected at 7:30 p.m. or earlier if conditions change.Crews have been working hard and the focus is on getting people home, said Jamie Coutts, chief of the Slave Lake Fire Department and technical specialist helping with the effort. “The whole focus is on that. When do you get people back to their home, to their community, to their region. Tired is not something we worry too much about.”More help arrives daily.Most of the smoke from the fires was blowing into B.C. but is expected to waft into Alberta and the Edmonton region later Saturday.According to firesmoke.ca, Edmonton residents can expect light smoke to come and go this morning, settling in with periods of light to moderate smoke this afternoon and evening.
Firesmoke.ca forecasts light smoke coming into Edmonton from the forest fires of Northern Alberta Saturday evening. This is the forecast for 4 p.m. local time Saturday.