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Evacuation ordered for High Level, Alta. as wildfire approaches

People living in and near High Level, Alta. have been ordered to leave their homes because of danger posed by an out-of-control wildfire.

The Town of High Level issued an evacuation order at 4 p.m. MT Monday, telling residents to secure their residences and take their personal belongings. The evacuation will be done by zones, and residents have been told to be prepared to be away from their homes for at least 72 hours.

Mayor Crystal McAteer said about 4,000 people have to evacuate from the northern Alberta town. Alberta Health Services says 20 acute and long-term care patients have been evacuated from the Northwest Health Centre in High Level.

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