Northern Alberta Wildfire Ranked at Highest Danger Level

Wildfire near High Level is expected to worsen

 

Thousands of Albertans are out of their homes after being chased from the community of High Level by an out-of-control wildfire. (CBC)

 

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ALBERTA (CBC News) – An out-of-control wildfire burning Tuesday near a town in northwestern Alberta is rated at the highest possible danger level, and the dry, windy weather means the danger is expected to increase this week, says Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.

“The fire is jumping from crown to crown of trees,” Kenney said at a news conference Tuesday. “Unfortunately, the dry conditions in northern Alberta are expected to continue for the foreseeable future, with the fire danger possibly increasing this week.”

The fire near the town of High Level is ranked as a Level 6, the top of the wildfire intensity scale. Increased fire danger is common during the spring because of the abundance of dry, flammable materials in the period between the snow melt and the green-up of the landscape. MORE