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Lightning sparks wildfires in Grande Prairie Forest Area

The wildfire danger in the Grande Prairie Forest Area is now high. Alberta Wildfire says warm temperatures and gusty winds will increase it in the coming days.

“Areas that have not received rain are at the highest risk,” notes Wildfire Information Officer Kelly Burke. “Aerial patrols, lookout personnel and our fire crews are watching for holdover lightning fires.”

Over the weekend, five lightning-caused wildfires were detected in the region, of which two are active as of Monday afternoon. One is under control at 76 hectares with crews extinguishing hotspots while the other is being held at half a hectare.

Since the beginning of wildfire season on March 1st, there have been 42 wildfires burning nearly 95 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area.

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