As you take a break from the work-a-day world this long weekend Sustainable Resource and Development wants to remind you to be active in preventing wildfires.
There is good news though. Whitney Exton, a Wildfire Information Officer, says of the 40 wildfires burning right now, none are listed as "out-of-control."
Exton says there is a large concentration of fires in some areas.
"Central to the north part of Alberta it has been quite dry there and still fairly warm," explains Exton. "In pockets of Lac La Biche especially, it is really important for Albertans to remember that even if it is wet and rainy, wildfires can still start and spread very quickly."
Exton says everyone has to do their part to prevent wildfires.
"It is critical that Albertans remember that they play a big role in helping to prevent wildfires," explains Exton. "About 60 per cent of the wildfires we see are human caused, so if they are having a campfire never leave it unattended and fully extinguish it."
Exton says there are over 300 firefighters on working in the province right now.
"And about 60 helicopters, as well as 20 air tankers and quite a bit of heavy equipment as well," explains Exton. "They're all fighting wildfires or they're ready to fight any new wildfires that start."
Exton says it is everybody's responsibility to prevent wildfires and this long weekend if you're camping or have an outdoor fire be sure to make sure it is out when you are finished.
She says to ensure a fire pit is out pour water on it and stir around the ashes and then soak it again.
Exton praises firefighters across the province for the diligent work they've done fighting wildfires this season. (twd, Weekend Morning News)
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