2 weeks and a heat dome later: Where does Alberta wildfire situation stand?

By Emily Mertz
Global News
May 14, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

It’s been two weeks since out-of-control wildfires began forcing evacuation orders in parts of Alberta and the situation remains critical “The wildfire situation is extremely volatile,” said Colin Blair with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency on Sunday afternoon. “Our crews have had the opportunity to build fire guards and… for the vast majority, those are holding,” said Josee St-Onge with Alberta Wildfire. …So far this year, there have been 451 wildfires in Alberta, burning 521,000 hectares. …There are 1,500 Alberta wildland firefighters battling the various blazes and 800 people from other agencies across North America helping in the fight, including 200 wildland firefighters from the U.S. and 300 members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The fire danger was considered extreme again Sunday, St-Onge said, adding that the peak risk is still ahead. “The heat event that we’re seeing in the province is starting to impact the south as well …and wildfire danger is rising.”

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