Environmental scientists say Lakeland residents should watch out for wildfires this summer as they project higher than average risks.
Natural Resources Canada has released its forecast maps for the summer which shows well above average wildfire risks in large parts of Western Canada. The data is based on the climate in the area which is a 30 year average of the weather.
Brian Simpson, the wildland fire manager with Natural Resources Canada’s Northern Forestry Centre, says there is always a risk for fires in Alberta and Saskatchewan but the maps indicate more fires may occur this year.
“We always expect some fires and we expect some this year as well. The potential for fire is higher than normal so there may be more or more intense fires than there would have been otherwise.”
Simpson says the forecasts in August and September are less reliable at the moment but Natural Resources Canada will update the maps monthly as more data is collected.
Residents are reminded to know if there is a fire ban in their area, fully extinguish campfires and not to throw out cigarette butts in the grass or forested areas. More tips are provided on FireSmart Canada.
Written by Nikita Ganovicheff, MyLloydminsternow.com