Evacuations procedures were in place yet again for residents staying at emergency accommodations in nearby Anzac after authorities said shifting weather patterns would threaten the community already ravaged by the Fort McMurray wildfire.
Shortly before 10 p.m., the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo issued a mandatory evacuation order of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation.
Displaced Fort McMurray residents had taken refuge at the Anzac Recreation Centre, about 50 kilometres south of Fort McMurray, but late Wednesday night Mounties began going door-to-door in those areas to get everyone on buses for the trip south to Edmonton.
The local rec centre, which earlier in the day had been a bustling hub of people, was empty by 10:30 p.m. Approximately 2,500 evacuees registered at the centre, although it’s not clear how many were actually staying there.
Meanwhile, officials the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo also evacuated their emergency operations centre (EOC) in Long Lake, and headed 245 kilometres south to Lac La Biche to rest.
It’s the second time the EOC had to be moved on Wednesday. Earlier, in the afternoon, it was moved to Long Lake from Fort McMurray.
The wildfire, which has forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 Fort McMurray residents on Tuesday, continues to rage on as help continues to pour in across the country.
The Alberta government pledged to match all donations made to the Red Cross in aid of the victims.
Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews tried to hold back the wildfires which have so far destroyed nearly 1,600 homes and buildings in Fort McMurray.
By David Shum – Web Producer – Global News