Wildfires burn across Alberta

Alberta fires


Alberta fires
Firefighter Trevor Bert, left, and another man battle a wildfire on the Paul Band First Nation west of Edmonton, Alberta on Tuesday, April 20. Photo by Bruce Edwards, The Journal

Here is an excerpt from an article in the Montreal Gazette:

EDMONTON — Low humidity, warm temperatures and dry ground have created perfect conditions for fast-moving wildfires, says the province.

As of Saturday evening, 73 wildfires were burning across Alberta, said Rob Harris, a fire information officer with Sustainable Resource Development. Twenty-seven of these fires were out of control.

Most of the fires were in the Slave Lake, Whitecourt and Edson areas, where tinder-dry conditions have been aggravated by low humidity levels, Harris said.

On Saturday, humidity levels were below 15 per cent, while the temperatures hovered at around 20 C, creating ideal conditions for extreme and erratic wildfires.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.