Wildfire scarred Alberta Metis settlement pushes for second escape route

 By Ritika Dubey THE CANADIAN PRESS HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta.- The only way in and out of the East Prairie Metis Settlement is a 40-kilometre range road that connects with Highway 2 some 360 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. Resident Ron Bellerose said it’s a good thing a devastating May wildfire started south of the community and didn’t cut off the road leading north to the key highway. “There’s only one escape route in East Prairie and that’s the scary part,” says Bellerose, who has been living in a hotel room in nearby High Prairie since the blaze levelled his home about two months ago. As he waits for a new modular home to fill the hole on his land, the 63-year-old is worried the settlement could be one natural disaster away from…

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