Tinder-dry conditions spell early start to Alberta fire season
April 28, 2016 By The Edmonton Journal
The temperature in Edmonton Monday was expected to reach the highest it’s been in at least 20 years on this date.
After an already mild winter with little precipitation, the weather is giving Alberta’s wildfire season a big head start.
“I’ve been fighting fires here in Slave Lake for 25 years and I’ve never seen them this dry at this time of the year,” said Jamie Coutts, regional chief of Lesser Slave Lake Fire Services. “We’re getting middle-of-May conditions in the middle of April. That’s a little nerve-racking.” | READ MORE