A busy stretch of highway that links Fort McMurray and Edmonton, Alberta was closed on Sunday after a wildfire sparked near the area.
By the overnight hours, officials say flames died down enough to enable southbound traffic out of the area. No homes or buildings nearby are in danger, but crews are busy working to create a fireguard in an attempt to contain the blaze.
Provincial fire information officer Geoffrey Driscoll says dry conditions combined with the recent record breaking warm temperatures are the perfect ingredients for a fire to start.
“Just like spring was dry and you started to have brown grass, the leaves not really on the trees is the same way with fall. And so right now, we're seeing some of those same conditions we saw in the spring and you combine that with a day where you have high wind and high temperatures and sure enough you start to see the same type of fire behaviour we had earlier in the spring. ”
Driscoll adds that despite the active start to the fire season in Alberta this year, the number of fires in the province has been below average.
With files from The Canadian Press