Residents of the Sharp Hill community as well as people living in southeast Airdrie are being forced to evacuate their homes due to a wind-whipped fire sweeping over the area.
The intense winds are fanning the flames as smoke hangs over Highway 2. Traffic is at a near dead stop as first responders try to handle the situation. Damage has already started in Calgary and surrounding area and the strong winds are not expected to die down until around midnight.
Evacuees are asked to go to the No Frills store on Yankee Valley Blvd in Airdrie to register.