Albertans advised to be on alert for wildfires

Albertans advised to be on alert for wildfires

08 January 2012

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Canada — The province has issued a warning about the risk of wildfires in Alberta.

It comes after blazes in southern Alberta destroyed several homes and buildings.

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development said that the warm weather and high winds still pose a risk.

“Just because it’s January doesn’t mean there isn’t a chance for there to be wildfires,” Wildfire Information Officer Geoffrey Driscoll told CTV News.

“If a fire does start it can start to move really fast.”

Driscoll said Albertans need to be cautious.

“It’s tough to ask people to be looking out for wildfires but it’s something that certainly in the past year and in the future is going to be a really, really big thing in Alberta.”

Albertans have been advised to be careful when cooking outside or burning materials this time of year.

Residents can call 310-FIRE to report fires.

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