All residents in Drayton Valley and surrounding areas of Brazeau County have been ordered to evacuate due to an out-of-control wildfire.

This order came just before 11:00 p.m. Thursday night (May 4) due to a large fire southeast of the area.

Traffic heading out of the town of around 7,000 residents is getting congested. Residents were told to leave via Highway 22 north to Highway 624, then east on that road to Tomahawk, north of Highway 759, then east again on Highway 627 towards Stony Plain.

Evacuees are being asked to go to Edmonton and register at the Expo Centre (Hall C - 7515 118 Ave).

If you need help evacuating, call 780-542-7777.