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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Alberta receives help as fires continue out of control

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There are still several wildfires burning in Alberta. Currently, there are 82 active fires, of that number, 22 are classified as out of control.

The cause of the vast majority of the fires is under investigation but 13 have been caused by humans and ten have been as a result of lightning strikes.

Yesterday over 20 wildland firefighters arrived from the Yukon, joining those from Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

Currently, thousands of people have been evacuated from various areas around the province.

Albertans 18 and older who have been forced out of their homes due to an evacuation order for seven days or more can apply for an emergency evacuation payment the provincial government has stated.

Evacuees can attend nightly telephone town halls with government and partner organizations to get answers to their questions.

Fire restrictions and bans are in place across much of the province.

Residents who require assistance can call 310-4455 for wildfire-related information.


Hot weather expected

Beginning this weekend unseasonably hot, dry conditions are expected. Daytime highs are expected to be in the high 20s to low 30s. Overnight and early morning lows are expected to be in the low teens.

This will only aid the fires.


Far-reaching effects

It's not only Alberta feeling the effects of poor air quality. Smoke from the wildfires has spread as far east as Labrador.


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