Alberta closes 12 provincial parks due to increased risk of wildfires over long weekend

By Wallis Snowdon
CBC News
May 18, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Alberta government has closed 12 provincial parks and recreation areas ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend to lower the risk of more wildfires starting and spreading. “The fire danger is expected to be extreme across the northern parts of the province again, which could result in some active wildfire behaviour,” Christie Tucker,  with Alberta Wildfire, said. “We will manage the wildfire situation in the face of extreme conditions and we ask Albertans for their help, too.” …Tucker and Todd Loewen, Alberta’s minister of forestry, parks and tourism, called on Albertans to follow local rules and restrictions to prevent fires. Unseasonably high temperatures are expected to return to Alberta this weekend, threatening to fuel wildfires burning across the province. As of Thursday, 98 wildfires are burning in Alberta. Of the 92 wildfires burning inside forest protection areas, 26 are considered out of control.

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