Fire crews working to contain out-of-control wildfire in Wood Buffalo National Park

CBC News
May 18, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

An out-of-control wildfire that destroyed 20 homes in a northern Alberta Indigenous community has burned its way into Wood Buffalo National Park. The Paskwa Fire has burned 60,955 hectares of land so far. It is now about a kilometre into the park’s boundary on the southwest side. Ninety-five firefighters, eight helicopters and heavy equipment are all working to contain the fire, Alberta Wildfire said. The province also has air tankers available to drop water on the fire if it’s needed. Though the fire is still some distance from the N.W.T. border, N.W.T. Fire said Wednesday evening that crews were working to protect “values at risk” in the park. …Meanwhile, Alberta Wildfire said shifting winds are expected to bring smoke rolling through Garden River. The community is on an evacuation alert.

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