Lightning has sparked four new wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area overnight. Alberta Wildfire says there are now seven active wildfires in the region, of which four are classified as under control and three as being held, meaning they are not likely to spread past set boundaties.
Wildfire Information Officer Emily Smith says the area has gotten some relief due to a bit of precipitation, but the fire danger for the region remains very high.
“Fire crews are stationed strategically and are ready to action any new fires. Aerial patrols and our lookout personnel are watching from their tower sites for new and holdover lightning fires.”
Since the start of wildfire season on March 1st, there have been 52 wildfires burning nearly 96 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area.
South of our region, the size of the wildfire 24 kilometres southwest of Grande Cache has been reassessed and is being held at four hectares.