Human-Caused Wildfires Rising in Fort McMurray Forest Area

The number of human-caused wildfires in the Fort McMurray Forest Area continues to rise.

Since March 1, the start of the wildfire season, there have been 18 fires that have burned 275 hectares.

One is currently active south of Fort Chipewyan and is currently being held.

Thirteen of the wildfires have been started by human activity, while only five were caused by lightning.

This is a rise of two additional human-caused fires since the start of July.

Meanwhile, the current warm weather is putting the wildfire danger at moderate.

Those who choose to go camping over the long weekend and start a campfire must ensure they fully extinguish their fire pit before leaving the area.

Those who use an off-highway-vehicle must keep an eye on their exhaust to ensure debris doesn’t catch on fire.

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