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British Columbia has almost 300 active wildfires that are plaguing the province. The hot and dry weather conditions have made the situation much worse, along with lightning strikes causing even more fires to start.
After a long, cold winter…. May long weekend is finally here!! The kickoff weekend for the summer! The weather forecast for the Edmonton area is looking pretty good, although let’s not kid ourselves, many Albertans have gone May long camping while there is still snow on the ground. Hopefully we are done with the snow and do not receive anymore like the recent dump of snow we received from yesterday.
A fire so large it was nicknamed “The Beast”, the wildfire in Fort McMurray started in May 2016, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in this province’s history. It destroyed approximately 2,400 homes and buildings and spread across approximately 590,000 hectares (1,500,000 acres) before it was declared to be under control in July 2016.
Imagine a fire starts in your house, starting to block all exits and ways out. You’re trapped and can’t get out of the house. You start to panic. Wishing you would have come up with an escape route or plan to get out. This is where the Fire Safety Plan comes in handy. Fires affect thousand of Canadians every year whether they are workplace fires, house fires and/or forest fires.
Did you know we are about to enter National Fire Prevention Week? National Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the second week of October in the United States and Canada, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage.
After a long, cold winter May long weekend is finally here!! The weather forecast for the Edmonton area looks pretty decent, although let’s not kid ourselves, many an Albertan has gone May long camping while there is still snow on the ground. But for once mother nature seems to be cooperating and many families will take this opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle and head to the great outdoors.
British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to the almost 600 wildfires that are plaguing the province. Hot, dry weather conditions have made the situation worse, along with lightning strikes causing even more fires to add to the problem.
The smoke from the BC fires has been pushing it's way into Alberta and is creating very poor air quality and air advisory warnings from Environment Canada to be issued. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) indicates that air quality is forecast as a 10 (High Risk) for Friday August 17, and 9 overnight and into Saturday. Moving into the weekend it should drop to a moderate risk of 5.
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