Alberta wildfires: Danielle Smith provides update as fires spread, evacuation alerts expand | LIVE

From Global News.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is scheduled to provide an update on the province’s intensifying wildfire situation on Wednesday.

The press conference comes as temperatures rise, spurring fires to spread and the expansion of evacuation alerts throughout the province.

On Tuesday, roughly 6,600 residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., were told they must leave their homes by 4 p.m. as a wildfire rages out-of-control south of the community — triggering memories of the devastating fire eight years ago.

In 2023, Canada — and especially Alberta — saw its worst wildfire season to date. Roughly 18.5 million hectares of land burned nationwide, smashing the previous record of 7.6 million hectares scorched in 1989.

Smith will be joined by Minister of Forestry and Parks Todd Loewen, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services Mike Ellis and Alberta Wildfire information unit manager Christie Tucker.

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