ALBERTA

Alberta Wildfires Dampened By Cool, Wet Weather

06/02/2015 01:25 EDT | Updated 06/02/2016 05:59 EDT
Government of Alberta
EDMONTON - Cool, wet weather is helping crews in Alberta get more of a grip on wildfires.

Provincial officials say there are about three dozen fires burning across the province, including four that are out of control.

Main efforts are being focused on an out-of-control fire that continues to rage on the air weapons range at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake.

Firefighters have contained a major blaze north of Conklin in the northeast.

Other wildfires are burning in remote areas south of the Northwest Territories boundary.

Wildfire officer Richard Horne says weather conditions have improved, but the province is not lowering its guard.

Nor is it considering sending more than 317 firefighters from other provinces home.

"The weather that we have had has reduced the potential of new fires, but in terms of the fires that we have, the boots on the ground are making all of the difference here," Horne said Tuesday.

"Nature is not going to put these fires out for us."

More than 500 square kilometres have burned since April 1.

Last week, Alberta lifted its provincewide fire ban, but bans imposed by local municipalities in much of the province remain in effect.

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