Like burnt toast Wildfire destroys homes in northern Alberta Metis settlement

first_imgPADDLE PRAIRIE – An official with the Metis Settlements General Council says 14 homes in the Paddle Prairie community have been destroyed by an aggressive wildfire and there are concerns that more properties may be consumed.Blake Desjarlais, the council’s director of public and national affairs, says fire authorities confirmed the number late Thursday after surveying the evacuated Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement.The homes are widely scattered in the settlement’s northeast, but Desjarlais says Paddle Prairie’s hamlet is also at risk and the total number of properties destroyed could rise depending on fire conditions.He says none of the homes was insured and it’s hoped the Alberta government will bring in modular housing to accommodate displaced owners.Thank you to all those who are fighting & risking it all to protect our #MetisSettlements community of Paddle Prarrie. The support, prayers, & donations are going a long way in dealing with this truly devastating disaster. Please keep our families who have lost everything in mind— Blake Desjarlais (@DesjarlaisBlake) May 31, 2019The province said Thursday the Chuckegg Creek wildfire had grown to 2,300 square kilometres.Authorities also said the number of northern fire evacuees had swelled to roughly 10,000 from about 5,000.“It’s like a burnt piece of toast up there,” said Desjarlais as he described the path of destruction in Paddle Prairie. “The whole land has been scorched.”About 800 people live in the settlement, which is about 760 kilometres northwest of Edmonton and has an estimated 245 houses.WATCH: Number of evacuees from wildfire nearly doubles With files from The Canadian Press and CityNewslast_img read more