ALBERTA

Alberta Wildfires Not Hampered By Recent Rain

06/15/2015 04:16 EDT | Updated 06/15/2016 05:59 EDT
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A firefighter hoses down hot spots while fighting the King Fire on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Mosquito, Calif. Strike teams from Fresno and El Dorado Cal Fire worked in conjunction with department of corrections crews in an offensive firing tactic, intended to take away fuel from the main fire. Nearly 2,000 firefighters were added Tuesday to battle the massive Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes, in anticipation of erratic winds and hotter temperatures that could undo their progress. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
EDMONTON - An Alberta wildfire official says recent rain hasn't been enough to counter nine weeks of hot, dry conditions fuelling forest fires.

Information officer Richard Horne says there hasn't been enough moisture in the last few days to get down to the forest floor.

He says the tops of trees may be getting wet, but there won't be a big difference in the fire situation unless there's a substantial downpour.

Showers have improved conditions enough to lift most fire bans, Horne says, although anyone heading out into the wilderness should check the local status.

There are about three dozen wildfires burning in Alberta right now, although only one near Grande Cache is considered out of control.

A large blaze on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range near Cold Lake is under control.

(CHED)

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