June 6 Fort Chipewyan fire update

The fire near Fort Chipewyan continues to burn out of control.

Alberta Wildfire is bringing in around 80 additional firefighters to help battle the blaze.

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation, Fort Chipewyan Métis Nation, the Municipality and Province with support from the military are working around the clock to protect the community.

The fire covers nearly twenty-five-thousand hectares, nearly the same size as Brampton Ontario.

Significant resources are currently deployed to the fight. These include almost 200 firefighters, 20 helicopters, and 65 armed forces personnel working to hold and manage the fire.

The province is predicting a moderate hazard in the Fort Chipewyan area and a low hazard in the Fort McMurray region.

According to their latest fire weather intelligence, the overall hazard is trending downward in the Fort McMurray Forest Area after both Fort Chipewyan and Fort McMurray saw some rain over the weekend.

Canada is witnessing a considerably active fire season this year. Across the nation, over 3 million hectares have burned, and over twenty-six thousand people are under evacuation orders.

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