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Wildfire jumps Athabasca, sprouts 5 hectare spot fire 15km away from Thickwood

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Wildfire jumps Athabasca, sprouts 5 hectare spot fire 15km away from Thickwood

Smoke billows over wildfire that has burned 2,600 hectares of land west of Fort McMurray // Lauren O'Hare - Harvard Broadcasting

A massive wildfire to the south and west of Fort McMurray made a westerly run yesterday evening, jumping the Athabasca River to set off a fire on the north banks.

Alberta Wildfire Management’s Bernie Schmitte told media at a press conference that the fire is 5 hectares in size, and is 15 kilometres away from residences.

An air crew is on the scene trying to keep the fire contained, though conditions aren’t favourable today. The high is set to reach 30°C with winds coming out of the south-west, which is set to push the fire to the north-east.

 

You can hear more on this story on Fort McMurray Matters on Mix 103.7FM at noon.

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