A blaze northwest of Bruderheim continues to give firefighters grief.
 
Strathcona County emergency services, along with the Fort Saskatchewan and Lamont County fire departments continue to work on a wildfire near Township Road 564A and Range Road 211.
 
The fire is being held but still not under control.
 
Currently on-scene are 15 firefighters, two command staff, four brush trucks, three dozers and five water tenders. A helicopter is being used for reconnaissance and water bucket drop.
 
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry provided an aerial tanker drop to protect properties near Range Road 213 between Township Road 562 and 560. Sunday night (May 14), one farm was surrounded by the fire, but crews were able to make sure no buildings were lost.
 
While Strathcona County crews from Station 4 (northern Strathcona County) focus on the fire efforts, the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department is on standby to assist with any incoming calls to that area.
 
"Right now we have one wildland fire in Strathcona County but it's burning in different areas so it appears to be different fires," said Bob Scott, Strathcona County deputy fire chief. "I think we'll be able to keep a handle on it."
 
Three farms have been voluntarily evacuated. RCMP and Enforcement Services are on-scene assisting with traffic.
 
Over 300 hectares of wildland have already burned in the county.
 
Strathcona County’s fire advisory continues to be in effect. The fire advisory only allows for recreational fires in covered recreational fire pits, pots, bowls, or chimineas; approved fire pits within recognized campgrounds and parks; propane and natural gas appliances.
 
Fire and fireworks permits are suspended until the advisory is lifted.
 
This was one of two wildfires that started in the area over the weekend. The second in Lamont County is contained.
 
 

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