Spring has arrived, and so has wildfire season.
Alberta’s legislated fire season runs from Mar. 1 to Oct. 31. Firefighters and equipment have already been deployed province-wide and are prepared for the season ahead.
The risk of a wildfire is highest in the springtime, and nearly all wildfires are human-caused. In a previous interview with MIX 107, Alberta wildfire information officer Travis Fairweather explained that trees and grass are extremely dry and flammable once the snow melts.
“That’s when that dead and dry grass gets exposed, and then until the leaves start to turn green, as well as the grass, that’s that period when the wildfires start most easily,” Fairweather said.
In 2021, there were 1,308 wildfires reported during the wildfire season which burned 52,955 hectares in Alberta's forest protection area. More than 60 per cent of the fires were human-caused.
People are encouraged to be extra cautious when having campfires, using barbecues, or driving off-highway vehicles.