Wildfire season is underway in Alberta.
Over the last weekend, Strathcona County Emergency Services responded to several grass fires. According to deputy fire chief Dana Terry, it was the busiest weekend so far this year in terms of grass fires.
He said weekends like this are not uncommon this time of year.
"It's wildfire season, so that is certainly a concern for us. That's something that we do our best to be on top of, and we're trying to do some more proactive fire prevention by having some of our staff actually doing tours in some of our wildland areas and talking to recreational users of the land to make sure that they're fire-smart."
Many of the fires they deal with are human-caused; this was the case for some of the fires this past weekend. Terry said more people are getting outside, cleaning their yards and acreages or having campfires.
"People have been cooped up all winter, and they're anxious to get out and have fun, and certainly we're supportive of that. But we if we can get people to be a little bit more fire smart and just to be conscious of what they're doing so they don't increase the risk."
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.