05/29/2015 09:57 EDT | Updated 05/29/2016 05:59 EDT

Provincial fireban lifted in Alberta, but officials say outlook still severe

EDMONTON - Alberta government officials have lifted a provincewide fire ban due to improved conditions and the efforts of firefighters.

However, officials caution that many fire bans and restrictions still exist in areas of the province and the wildfire outlook continues to be severe.

The province said Friday that eight new wildfires had been reported in the last 24 hours.

Currently 41 wildfires are burning across Alberta – five of which are considered to be out-of-control.

While the cooler, wet weather is expected for parts of Alberta, officials also say it will not reduce the wildfire hazard in much of the North.

Since April 1, officials report 748 fires and about 430 square kilometres have burned.

Approximately 1,700 firefighters, 159 helicopters and 28 airtankers have been positioned across Alberta fighting wildfires.