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Wildfires spread across Alberta


30 forest fires active across Alberta
30 forest fires active across Alberta

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

May 13, 2011 — Strong winds and warm temperatures have been a nasty recipe for wildfires in Alberta.

Temperatures dip this weekend, but breezy conditions remain
Temperatures dip this weekend, but breezy conditions remain

Temperatures in Alberta have been on a steady climb this week. Some places have even seen daytime highs skyrocket into the mid 20's.

Although the warmer temperatures are welcomed after a wicked winter season, it's keeping fire officials on high alert.

The combination of strong winds and summer-like temperatures have helped more than 30 wildfires to spread throughout the province. At least two of those fires have been classified as out of control.

Helicopters, air tankers and bull dozers are being used to keep a blaze away from the town of Whitecourt.

Firefighters also spent the day on Thursday trying to prevent a fire from spreading in Parkland County.

Several regions have issued fire bans, which prohibit open flames outdoors. Campfires and charcoal barbecues are included in the ban.

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