Rainy conditions continue to help firefighters in Alberta wildfire battle

By Stephen Cook
CBC News
May 23, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

…As of Tuesday afternoon, 74 wildfires were burning across the province. In Alberta’s forest protection zones, there were 71 wildfires — about 10 fewer than listed on Monday. Of these, 20 are still considered out of control.  At a news conference, Alberta Wildfire information unit manager Christie Tucker said cooler temperatures and continued rain showers have dampened wildfire behaviour.  “Many of the major wildfires burning received some rain, which means these are good days for firefighters to make real progress on containing these fires.”  But Tucker indicated that the province must be prepared for a longer engagement.  “Even though we have made headway on many wildfires on the landscape, we know that the season is far from over.”  ….This is now the second-worst wildfire season — which runs until October — on record, Tucker said. The previous record was set in 1981, when 1.3 million hectares burned.

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