Fire restrictions in effect as Wood Buffalo Complex wildfire grows

MIX 103.7
August 28, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

ALBERTA – The fire danger south of Lake Athabasca is going from high to very high, while the hazard north of Lake Athabasca is listed as Extreme. The Wood Buffalo Complex fire remains out of control and has grown to over 471,000 hectares. The blaze is now 3.1 kilometers from Fort Fitzgerald and 3.4 kilometers from Fort Smith. There are 376 personnel which includes 86 pieces of heavy equipment, 24 helicopters, and 150 firefighters and structure protection personnel responding to the Wood Buffalo Complex. …A fire advisory is in effect for the entire Fort McMurray Forest Area. Under this advisor, existing fire permits are still valid but may be suspended or canceled if warm, dry weather continues.

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