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Fire weather advisory issued for northern Alberta

A fire weather advisory has been issued for northern Alberta, as hot and dry conditions have significantly increased the risk of uncontrolled wildfires. The province says the fire hazard will be pushed to extreme levels today and tomorrow, with wind gusts up to 50 kilometres an hour expected.

There are 116 wildfires burning across north and central Alberta, but the Grande Prairie region continues to be unaffected with no active fires in the GP Management Area.

All burn permits in the Forest Protection Area have been cancelled, and Albertans are asked to be extra cautious. Current conditions could see any wildfires sparked spread rapidly, making it hard for firefighters to contain.

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