Nearly $5 million in wildfire evacuee support given out over past week

May 29 2019, 5:11 pm

Around 5,000 people have been evacuated from areas near the out-of-control Chuckegg Creek Wildfire.

The fire has burned through a total of 130,000 hectares of land southwest of the town of High Level and is expected to continue to burn as the foreseeable weather forecast lacks any hint of precipitation.

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High Level itself faced a mandatory evacuation late last week alongside Mackenzie County, and voluntary evacuations for the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement and areas north of High Level were called shortly after.

The Government of Alberta is offering a $1,250 in financial support to eligible adult evacuees, along with an additional $500 for every dependent child.

To qualify for financial support you must have been:

  • living, working, or vacationing in the affected area
  • forced to leave due to an evacuation order
  • have paid for most of your costs to evacuate

To receive the funds, evacuees can:

  • Apply in person at one of the evacuation reception centres listed below
  • Apply online through the MyAlberta Evacuation Payment application using a smartphone, device, or desktop. Interac e-transfers may take 24 hours to process
  • If you’re having technical issues, contact My Alberta Digital ID at 1-844-643-2789 (Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm)

According to the most recent wildfire update, the Government of Alberta has already given out over $4.9 million in evacuee support funding to assist Albertans in this trying time.

The update also noted that the fire remains three kilometres away from the town of High River, that parts of northern Alberta remain under a special air quality statement, and that there are currently 420 wildland firefighters on the ground battling the blaze.