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CN’s rail bridge was damaged by the Lytton wildfire on June 30 but has since reopened.

Lytton wildfire has longer-term implications for rail movement

Safety board head calls it ‘a wake-up call,’ railways say they’re already taking great precautions

Reading Time: 3 minutes CP Rail has hit back at criticism that trains are a major cause of wildfires, but rail traffic will continue to be affected — at least in the short term — by the tragic events at Lytton, B.C. Two weeks after a June 30 wildfire destroyed 90 per cent of the small community and took […] Read more

Flames from the Hennessey Fire are seen in the last image from a tower-mounted camera before it melted, according to AlertWildfire, on Atlas Peak northwest of Vacaville, Calif. on Aug. 18, 2020. (Photo: Alertwildfire.org/Handout via Reuters)

‘Lightning siege’ sparks wildfires across California wine country

Almost 11,000 strikes reported over 72 hours

Vacaville, California | Reuters — Lightning strikes sparked dozens of wildfires in northern California’s wine country on Wednesday, burning dozens of structures and forcing thousands to flee their homes. California was hit by nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours, sparking 367 fires, nearly two dozen of them major, as the state suffered a record […] Read more


Even after flames are no longer visible and burn pile has collapsed, the fire may not be entirely extinguished.

Don’t let a winter burn come back to life

Stick a metal rod or stick into the ash pile to ensure the fire is well and truly out

Reading Time: 2 minutes With wildfire season underway and snow still on the ground, now is a good time to ensure your winter burns are completely extinguished. “We typically see landowners burning as they try to clear woody debris off their land and turn it to agricultural purposes. We see windrows and machine-piled brush piles that are burned in […] Read more



Chris Williams (in blue cap) and Erin Cherlet are part of a team of researchers who have been measuring the impact of wildfires on run-off.

More wildfires and changes in run-off a challenge for irrigation district

A lack of tree cover can boost run-off volumes but they come sooner and with much more sediment

Reading Time: 4 minutes As wildfire experts peer into the future, they see more — and more severe — forest fires because of a changing climate. But some are also looking to the past and measuring the impact that forest fires have on the quantity and quality of run-off — two factors that could have major implications for Alberta’s […] Read more

Four ways to help protect your farm from fire

Four ways to help protect your farm from fire

Whether it’s close to home or across an ocean, fire hasn’t been far from the news this summer. This year has been average in terms of fire risk on the Prairies, says Mike Flannigan, professor of wildland fire and the director of the western partnership for wildland fire science at the University of Alberta. But[...]
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Latest Alberta wildfire info available at one website

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has a dedicated website with news and information on wildfires. The Alberta Wildfire website has a Wildfire Status map that is updated throughout the day and provides an overall look at the current wildfire situation across the province. The map also includes links to updates from the province’s 10 forest areas.[...]
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(Government of Alberta via Flickr)

Loans pledged for wildfire-damaged Alberta farms

Ranchers and farmers in two southeastern Alberta municipalities hit by wildfire in mid-October may soon be able to apply for interest-free rebuilding loans. The province’s Agriculture Financial Services Corp. (AFSC) on Wednesday announced loan applications will be available Jan. 8 for eligible producers in Cypress County and the MD of Acadia. Applications under the Hilda[...]
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(GullLakeSK.ca)

Wildfire-damaged grazing areas up for Saskatchewan aid

Saskatchewan’s provincial disaster assistance program (PDAP) will be opened up to cover southwestern grazing areas damaged by this fall’s wildfires. The province’s government relations minister, Larry Doke, on Wednesday announced producers who incurred wildfire damage on “tame and native lands” intended for grazing may now apply for assistance to get feed for affected livestock. Winds[...]
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