The wildfire danger level is getting close to extreme.
This has resulted in a fire behaviour advisory being issued around Fort McMurray. The recent warm weather, windy conditions, and the added chance of a thunderstorm is making it primetime for a potential wildfire to start.
Area Information Officer for Fort McMurray Forestry Lynn Daina tells Mix News when the level is very high – conditions become unpredictable.
“Into the burning period today, later in the afternoon, we’re expecting wind gusts of up to 40 km and a temperature of 28 degrees with a relative humidity about the same level so we call that crossover.”
Environment Canada is calling for rain over the next two days, getting around 10 mm on Tuesday.
“The lightning not so good news but the rain is,” added Daina. “Fire danger can change within a 24-hour period, from where we are now, given enough precipitation, it will definitely change the danger level.”
Since March 1st, there have been 21 wildfires around Fort McMurray, burning a total of 182 hectares. Daina says nearly half of the wildfires started this year – have been the result of humans.
If anyone spots a wildfire or smoke, they are asked to call 310-FIRE (3473).