NOTICE: Grass Fire East of Highway 509 -- Current Alerts and Updates
NOTICE: Grass Fire East of Highway 509 -- Current Alerts and Updates

September 10, 2012

The City of Lethbridge Fire Department has responded to a grass fire that has moved east of Highway 509.

We are currently monitoring the situation and will update the campus community as the situation unfolds.

UPDATE: U of L suspending all non-essential services and cancelling scheduled evening classes for tonight.

The University of Lethbridge is suspending all non-essential services and cancelling scheduled evening classes for tonight.

At this point, University classes are scheduled to go ahead Tuesday, Sept. 11.

This is being done to help alleviate road congestion for emergency crews who are dealing with the current local state of emergency due to the wildfires burning west of Lethbridge.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN EVACUATION OF CAMPUS.

Food services in University Hall will continue to operate to serve students residing on campus and staff members who are unable to leave campus.

This does not affect classes scheduled at our Calgary and Edmonton campuses.

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UPDATE: Local state of Emergency Declared

As of approximately 3:50 p.m. The City of Lethbridge has declared a local state of emergency. At this time the city of Lethbridge is preparing for a potential evacuation of West Highlands and Indian Battle Heights and Heritage Heights Neighbourhoods.

Police remain on scene and will assist with traffic and evacuation.

There are no current City residential evacuations at this time -- there is a request to prepare for the potential evacuation of these three specific neighbourhoods.

The city is also asking people to limit cell phone use, and to check on elderly or disabled neighbours.

An evacuation alert is when you are to PREPARE yourself for safe evacuation. The City will inform you if leaving is necessary.

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The Fire Department is currently assisting fire crews from the County of Lethbridge at the scene, and have called in other fire departments to assist.

The County of Lethbridge has declared a local state of emergency.

Coalhurst residents have been ordered to evacuate, north to Picture butte.

Sunset Acres and Mountain Meadows residents have been ordered to evacuate. A trailer park in West Lethbridge was ordered to evacuate, along with Bridgeview RV Park.

A reception Centre is located at the Fritz Sick Centre, in downtown Lethbridge.

Lethbridge Regional Police have closed Walsh Drive at Aberdeen Gate as well as the Whoop Up Drive extension just west of Chinook High School to prevent motorists from driving toward the grass fire.

Residents are urged to stay away from the area so that emergency crews have full access to the scene.

Those with sensitivities to smoke are directed to stay indoors with their doors and windows closed.

Further updates affecting the City of Lethbridge will be communicated on the City of Lethbridge News Centre:
http://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Grass-Fire-Sept-10.aspx

The Alberta Emergency Alert System updates can be found here:
http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/alerts/2012/09/1203.html

You can follow us on Twitter at @ulethbridgenews for the latest information.


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