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Five fires remain in forest area

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Five fires remain in forest area

Mopping up hotspots//Photo provided by Alberta Wildfire

Firefighters are getting a bit of a break today.

According to Alberta Wildfire, crews extinguished eight wildfires since yesterday, leaving only five in the Fort McMurray Forest Area.

One of those fires is being held while the other four are under control.

Wildfire Information Officer Lynn Daina says the Fort McMurray wildfire remains estimated at 589,617 hectares in size including the portion within Saskatchewan.

Although the current fire hazard index level is moderate for the area, you still require a fire permit for all burning except campfires within the Forest Protection area.

Fire permits, including for campfires, are required year-round for the Urban Service Area of Fort McMurray.

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