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Wildfire near Musreau Lake now being held

The wildfire near Musreau Lake isn’t expected to grow past its boundaries. Alberta Wildfire now says the eight hectare blaze is being held, based on the current weather conditions and resources being used.

Wildfire information officer Kelly Burke says the province has numerous crews and heavy equipment working to extinguish the fire. It broke out Wednesday, 6 kilometres southwest of Musreau Lake along the Husky Road, and is believed to have been sparked by lightning.

The wildfire danger in the Grande Prairie Forest Area is high. Burke notes that weather conditions today are unstable, with the forecast calling for winds gusting 40 kilometres an hour this afternoon, a high risk of lightning, and a chance of rain.

Anyone working or spending time in the forested area is urged to be careful, as a wildfire can spread quickly in these conditions. So far this wildfire season, 27 wildfires have been reported in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, burning 13 hectares of land.

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A fire advisory is in place for the forest area. Advisories have also been issued for the County of Grande Prairie and the MD of Greenview.

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