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New wildfire detected northeast of Pink Mountain


“It looks like there is some oil and gas that are in the area, but right now nothing is immediately threatened,” Information officer, Jill Kelsh said. “So, we’ve just been going out and assessing it.”

The assessment includes developing a fire analyses plan, which helps decipher how it’s going to be attacked.

Unfortunately, the fire was already beyond initial attack resources when it was found, requiring more than three crew, which is why they’ve taken the route of a modified response.

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“It all depends on the where the fire is, what priorities are around it and what size the fire is at once we detect it,” Kelsh said.

The active wildfire is reported to be 300 hectares in size and is zero per cent contained.

The fire is also said to be caused by lightning, and while there hasn’t been any rain for almost a week, Kelsh explained how that can cause the surface oil to become extremely dry, and burrow heat for days before igniting.

“When a lighting strike hits, it can actually burn within the soil or within a tree for days and days before it actually gets that heating in order to start a forest fire later,” Kelsh said.

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