05/25/2015 14:20 EDT | Updated 05/25/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta imposes provincewide fire ban as blaze forces 2,000 people from homes

WABASCA, Alta. - The Alberta government has imposed a provincewide fire ban because of hot and dry weather conditions.Wildfire hazards are listed as high to extreme across most of the provinceThe province says it's the first full ban since 2011, when fire destroyed about one-third of the town of Slave Lake.There are 29 fires burning in the province, including an out-of-control blaze near Wabasca that has forced about 2,000 people from their homes.Cyndi Taron with the Municipal District of Opportunity says a state of emergency is in place for the area, about 330 kilometres north of Edmonton.She says about 1,000 residents of Wabasca and another 1,000 people from Bigstone Cree Nation have checked into reception centres in Calling Lake and Athabasca.

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