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Oil fire in Minburn on January 30, 2023.


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An emergency alert was sent shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday to Albertans in Minburn County, located an hour and a half east of Edmonton, due to an uncontained crude oil fire. The warning was lifted two hours later.

Lycos Energy Inc. notified the Alberta Energy Regulator (REA) that an oil tank fire had occurred on a concession near Wainwright, according to REA spokesperson Renato Gandia.

The fire was extinguished around 6:45 p.m.

Inspectors remain on site to actively monitor the situation and collaborate with emergency services emergency response and local authorities to ensure public safety, Gandia said.

The incident is under investigation.

Toxic smoke is released and is dangerous if inhaled, the alert said.

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There was no evacuation, but the province asked residents to prepare for a possible evacuation.

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