Out-of-control wildfire springs up north of Fort McMurray due to recent lightning storm

An out-of-control wildfire has sprung up roughly 125 km north of Fort McMurray.

Wildfire MWF-046 was detected by fire crews on Wednesday following a recent lightning storm and has grown to 50 hectares in size.

According to Wildfire Information Officer, Colby Lachance, some resources have been pulled down from the nearby wildfire north of Fort Chipewyan to contain the fire quickly.

Lachance commented that 25 firefighters have been assigned to the blaze along with air support from three air tankers and four medium helicopters.

Wildfire MWF-031 located 21 km north of Fort Chipewyan has been burning since June 25 and is currently 24,930 hectares in size and is considered held at this time.

Fort McMurray and the surrounding area are expected to be briefly blanketed in smoke by the nearby wildfires tomorrow afternoon due to a forecasted change in wind direction.

Firefighters working on structure protection for remote cabins. (Photo provided by Alberta Wildfire. July 7, 2022).



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