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New 300-hectare wildfire burning 14 km away from Trout Lake

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Chandler Walter May 28, 2019 10:37 am

Another wildfire has been sparked in northern Alberta.

Located just 14 km southeast of the community of Trout Lake, the wildfire is 300 hectares in size and burning out-of-control.

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Warnings related to the fire were first issued on Sunday, May 26 for the Peerless Trout First Nation, with the public being instructed that they should be ready to evacuate on short notice.

A May 28 update from the Government of Alberta noted that the wildfire danger remains extreme for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area, and that smoky conditions are expected to linger in the area for the next several days.

There are six helicopters and four water skimming air tankers working to fight the wildfire as of Tuesday morning, and it remains classified as “out-of-control.”

According to the most recent Wildfire Situation Summary Report from the Agriculture and Forestry Forest Protection Division, the cause of the Slave Lake wildfire is currently under investigation.

The majority of wildfires that occur in this province are human-caused — whether by a campfire that got out of hand or simply a cigarette butt tossed out the window on a warm summer day.

Albertans are being asked to refrain from these seriously dangerous actions, and fire bans have been put into place in the hopes that the number of wildfires this year will be limited.

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