Has this week’s rain, snow helped Alberta’s wildfire situation?

By Shilpa Downton
CityNews Everywhere
May 2, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Southern Alberta didn’t see much rain in April, but May came in cold and wet. …According to Christie Tucker with Alberta Wildfire, the moisture across the province this week has made a difference. “Recent cooler weather and precipitation has meant wildfire activity has been subdued this week,” she says. “We’ve managed to extinguish a number of wildfires, including carryover fires that have been burning since last year.” She says there are currently 43 wildfires burning in the forest protection area of Alberta, with 3 of those being classified as held, and the rest considered under control. Tucker says the break in the weather has been helpful to contain those fires, but the province isn’t out of the woods yet. …The drought code still showing very high to extreme wildfire danger in some parts of the province. They would need a week of heavy and steady rain for the situation to improve.

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