The high winds we’ve been dealing with have caused serious wildfires to flare up in southern Alberta.
Residents of Gleichen were ordered to evacuate late yesterday afternoon—and they’re now being house in Strathmore and Standard.
Officials say some buildings have been damaged in Gleichen—and there’s a “state of local emergency” in Wheatland County.
Some residents in the hamlet of Moon River Estates were also told to evacuate to the Fort MacLeod Hall—while one part of Coleman had to evacuate–and the rest of the town is on standby…
A number of highways in the region have also been shut down because of the wildfires…
A couple of train derailments are being blamed on the high winds yesterday. Both involved seacans. Six or seven flew off a trestle bridge near Fabyan and into the valley below. No spill–and no one was hurt.. And a similar thing happened with about 25 seacans near Huxley in southern Alberta… No injuries–and no spillage from that one either.
-A number of semis flipped on the QE-2 yesterday because of the crazy winds—mostly around Ponoka, Red Deer and Penhold.. There was also heavy rain and a lot of dust.
In Edmonton—a big tree knocked down powerlines in the Garneau region—–so the power was out for several people in the region last night….
And the wind was strong enough to cause the Oilers Entertainment Group to shut down the pedway to Rogers Place for last night’s game.
As for TODAY—some wind warnings are still in place down south—around Olds, Calgary, Strathmore, Airdrie and Okotoks. Gusts could hit 110km an hour. But the air quality is a bigger concern–because of the smoke from the wildfires in those regions.