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Rain lowers Grande Prairie wildfire danger to moderate

The recent rain in the Grande Prairie area has dropped the wildfire hazard. It’s now moderate, but fire advisories remain in effect for the forest area and County of Grande Prairie.

Wildfire information officer Kelly Burke says provincial crews are out checking for new wildfires from lightning. Since the beginning of wildfire season in March, the Grande Prairie Forest Area has seen 13 hectares of land burned by 35 wildfires.

“Despite the cooler temperatures and rain, the need to reduce the opportunity for human-caused wildfires in our province remain,” says Burke. “The fire danger levels continue to be high in the northern parts of our forest area and are high to extreme in many areas of the province and new wildfires continue to ignite.”

Burke adds the need for a fire advisory is still being assessed. More than 25 millimetres of rain fell in the City of Grande Prairie Sunday.

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