Kenow Wildfire and its impact on the University of Lethbridge community

This notice is from the archives of The Notice Board. Information contained in this notice was accurate at the time of publication but may no longer be so.

Currently, parts of southwestern Alberta are under evacuation orders or alerts due to the ongoing Kenow Wildfire event. While our campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary are not under physical threat at this time, some students, staff and faculty have been affected by the Kenow wildfire due to loss of property and/or evacuation. University officials are actively monitoring the situation and encourage the campus community to remain educated about this developing situation.

Emergency updates, evacuee registration and assistance, and information about reception centres can be found at The U of L strongly encourages affected students, staff and faculty to access these services if they are needed. You can receive alerts to your smartphone, tablet or computer by subscribing to Alberta Emergency Management Agency Alerts.


Students affected by the wildfire should contact their individual instructors to discuss specific academic concerns. The University understands that affected students may be taking measures to protect their personal safety and this contact should be made once safe to do so.

While students’ first point of contact regarding academic accommodation is their instructor, students seeking information about the status of off-site classes, clinical placements, practicums, field studies etc. or those with registration concerns can email or phone 403-320-5700 for information.

The School of Graduate Studies will provide accommodation for internal deadlines regarding awards, scholarships and grant opportunities. Please contact for further details.

Students in our community who are feeling distressed over this situation may seek assistance through Counselling Services ( or by calling 403-317-2845.

FNMI Student Services is available to offer culturally sensitive support to any students who may be affected by the evacuations. The Elder support program is also available on campus If you need to talk with someone at Iikaiskini, contact 403-317-2812 for further direction or support.

Students who experience physical health issues can access supports through the Campus Health Centre or by calling 403-329-2484.

Faculty and Staff

Affected faculty and staff members who are unable to report to work should contact their supervisor as soon as possible. Counselling services are also available for employees through the University of Lethbridge Employee and Family Assistance Program by calling 1-800-663-1142.

U of L officials will continue to monitor the situation. Further updates regarding the University’s response to this situation will be posted to the Notice Board.


Trevor Kenney | | 403-329-2710