Alberta wildfires: Hard-hit Metis settlement still under evacuation order, resident wants more help – Global News

May 22, 2023

More than two weeks after the threat of wildfire prompted an evacuation order for East Prairie Metis Settlement in northern Alberta, a community member’s social media post is drawing new attention to the situation there and he is calling for more help from the province.

“I think the province needs to step up,” Marcel Desjarlais told Global News on Monday, noting he was disappointed with how firefighters were deployed into the area and when.

He said while the province did deploy firefighters, he believes local volunteer firefighters could have used more help earlier and still could now.

He noted that at least 24 homes in the community have already been destroyed by wildfire this spring along with vehicles and other equipment.

At a news conference to provide an update on the provincial wildfire situation Monday afternoon, Alberta Wildfire information unit manager Christie Tucker was asked about resources in the settlement area and concerns being raised.

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