Rain puts a damper on raging wildfires

Jasper Fitzhugh
May 24, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

Firefighters tackling Alberta’s rampant wildfires thanked the heavens for the precipitation seen over much of the province since the weekend. “Alberta is starting to see some cooler temperatures and scattered precipitation, helping to provide some relief to firefighters,” said Bre Hutchinson, executive director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency during Tuesday’s daily provincial update on the wildfire situation. …Officials are reporting that progress is starting to be made during Alberta’s worst-ever wildfire season. “Due to the hard work of firefighters along with the weather, we have been able to reclassify the Sturgeon Lake Complex near Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation and Valleyview from ‘out of control’ to ‘being held’,” said Christie Tucker, information unit manager with Alberta Wildfire. Alberta is still under a provincial state of emergency, however. 

Additional coverage in the CBC News, by Stephen Cook: Firefighters make progress on Alberta wildfires as more evacuees return home

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