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The Canadian province of Alberta establishes a Wildfire state of emergency.


Alberta has announced a state of emergency as wildfires spread through the western Canadian province, causing nearly 25,000 members of the public from their homes.
Wildfires in Alberta state of emergeny declared Worldwide Breaking News

Alberta has announced a state of emergency as wildfires spread through the western Canadian province, causing nearly 25,000 members of the public from their homes.

Although wildfires are quite common in the province, to have 100 wildfires blazing across the province is not a normal occurrence which is probably why Alberta's Premier Danielle Smith, has called the situation "unprecedented".


The worst hit area appears to be in the small township of Edson, a town with only 8,000 residents, all have been forced from their homes forcing them to be evacuated immediately.


Why this year have so many wildfires erupted? Some experts point to an extremely dry and hot spring that helped to amass so much kindling which covered an area of nearly 122,000 hectares or301,000 acres all burnt so far, the other reason is because of the high winds which are still sweeping across the provinces


The worst-hit areas include the Drayton Valley area, about 140km (87 miles) west of Edmonton, and a bit further afield the normally quiet Fox Lake area, about 550km north of Fox Lake where so far20 homes have been destroyed by the onslaught of the wildfires fire.

In an attempt to quell the situation the Federal Government has extended their arm and offered any help it can to the province, all will hopefully will work alongside both air tankers and Firefighting helicopters that are already on the scene


A big concern of both local government and federal is that the wildfires do not reach the massive oil-producing areas, however, so far, the fires seem to be heading away from where the large oil fields are situated

Steve Simmonds Worldwide Breaking News.

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