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Northern Alberta wildfires: No gas for 630km

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It's not permanent, but at least for today, it's probably the record for longest stretch of highway without services in North America.

--- Quote ---As a wildfire continues to rage in northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories government is warning drivers heading south of Hay River, N.W.T. toward Alberta to bring enough fuel for more than 600 kilometres of travel.

Greg Whitlock, a regional superintendent with the Department of Infrastructure, said Tuesday morning that there is currently no reliable place to fill up on gas between Hay River, N.W.T. and Red Earth Creek, Alta., a hamlet off Highway 88, about 630 km south of Hay River.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, two small gas stations The Bushe Store just east of High Level and Winks Convenience and Gas in Fort Vermilion, Alta. say they are operating on backup generators and have gas.
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It's an 80,000 hectare fire according to Alberta Wildfire:

That's a pretty serious fire, I hope it doesn't resemble the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire. The town of High Level has been evacuated, it's one of the few larger towns along Highway 35 in Northern Alberta. That's probably the reason why you can't get gasoline in that area.

Ironically Indian Cabins, AB and Enterprise, NT used to sell fuel until earlier this year;

Highway 35 is now also closed north of High Level to the N.T. border due to another wildfire. So travel from Edmonton to the Northwest Territories is only possible via British Columbia, a 500 kilometer detour via the Liard Highway.


--- Quote from: Chris on May 22, 2019, 06:13:30 AM ---It's an 80,000 hectare fire according to Alberta Wildfire:

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I see that 80,000 hectares is 800 square kilometers, and 309 square miles.


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