Fire season is just starting in Alberta. But it may end up being one of the worst in history.
By mid-May, the province had almost 500 wildfires. The fires burned more than 721,000 hectares. That’s bigger than Prince Edward Island.
Turning up the heat
The province had a very dry spring with only half as much rain as usual. A high-pressure system settled in at the end of April. It brought days of record heat and strong winds.
Nothing was growing yet. The grass wasn’t green. There weren’t any leaves on the trees. But it felt as hot as summer.