By Jeremy Appel Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Almost a third of the 23 wildfires of note categorized by the Alberta government impact First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta. The data below was taken from the Alberta government’s wildfire dashboard and media reports. Indigenous Services Canada hasn’t provided an update on the wildfires’ impact since May 10. Early in the morning of May 16, the Alberta government issued an evacuation order for Peavine Metis Settlement, which has a 65,000-hectare fire burning out of control nearby. Almost 1,000 people live in the settlement located near High Prairie. Neighbouring Gift Lake Metis Settlement isn’t under evacuation order. A 69,074-hectare wildfire is classified as out of control near East Prairie Metis Settlement, with 300 residents evacuated last week after the fire destroyed 27
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