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Alberta wildfire season off to a quiet start

By Anna Junker
The Edmonton Journal
June 28, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Alberta has seen fewer than half the number of fires this year compared to last year. Alberta Wildfire information officer Melissa Story said the province has had a quiet start to the 2020 wildfire season. So far this year, 323 wildfires have ignited across the province that have burned just over 700 hectares. “Last year at this time, we had around 650 that had burned almost 475,000 hectares of land. …“The five-year average for us at this time is 700 wildfires and the five-year average is burning about 240,000 hectares.” …While the wet weather has played a main role in reducing the number of fires, Story said the pandemic may have also helped with more people staying at home. “That certainly reduced the amount of people that are out in the forested areas, which could have been a result in less human-caused wildfires for us,” Story said.

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