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Minimal growth of fire; now more than 581,000 hectares

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Minimal growth of fire; now more than 581,000 hectares

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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and the RMWB continue to work on extinguishing smoldering ground fires in the forested areas.

In a release this morning, Wildfire Information Officer Lynn Daina says smoke and haze will be visible in the community and firefighters are working hard to extinguish these areas. She adds smouldering ground fires do not pose a threat to the community but for your safety and the safety of firefighters, please stay away from any burned areas and wherever there is active firefighting.

Daina also says to be cautious of the following in areas of burned forest: burned trees as the roots are weakened and can fall without any wind, smoke due to areas of smouldering ground fire and hot spots, and firefighters, heavy equipment and aircraft working in the area.

The wildfire experienced minimal growth and is estimated to be 581,695 hectares in size, including in Saskatchewan. Crews and heavy equipment continued to make steady progress with over 400 kilometres of dozer guard completed.

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