Start date for Paddle Prairie School delayed due to Alberta wildfire smoke damage

While most young students in Alberta headed back to class Tuesday, the start of a new school year was delayed in Paddle Prairie. In a post on its website, the Northland School Division No. 61 said Paddle Prairie School will…

Ecological surprises in Waterton two years after devastating wildfire

Trees are charcoal black on one side and bone white on the other, evidence of the path a wildfire took as it tore into Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta nearly two years ago. Clusters of showy purple asters line a…

Scars of 2017 wildfire still evident in Waterton park as rebuild continues

Deb Watson returned to her family’s trail-riding business after the Waterton wildfire to find little more than a pop machine melted into a bubbly puddle with coins inside fused together. “It wasn’t a good burn-back-the-brush kind of fire,” says Watson, sitting on…

Southern Alberta’s Rocking Heart Ranch still rebuilding 2 years after Waterton wildfire

Melody Garner-Skiba and her family have had some tough conversations since a wildfire raged into Waterton Lakes National Park in southeastern Alberta two years ago, spread into nearby grassland and destroyed their horse-breeding ranch. “It’s definitely taken a toll on…

3 months after sparking, Chuckegg Creek wildfire in northern Alberta finally under control

An aggressive wildfire in northern Alberta that forced people out of their homes for a week in late May has finally been brought under control. Story continues below After burning out of control for 70 days, Alberta Wildfire said Friday…

Alberta’s Chuckegg Creek wildfire now being held

More than two months after the Chuckegg Creek wildfire broke out in northwestern Alberta, officials say the fire is now being held. Alberta wildfire officials updated the wildfire’s status on Thursday afternoon. “Being held” means that given the current and…

This Alberta wildfire season has seen most hectares burned since 1981

According to the most recent numbers, wildfires in Alberta so far this season have burned about 817,256 hectares — the largest area in 38 years. In 1981, wildfires in Alberta burned 1,357,305 hectares. READ MORE: Tough return for Paddle Prairie…

Sufficient insurance key to recovery in the event of environmental disasters

The Fort McMurray wildfire in May 2016 destroyed almost 2,600 homes and resulted in many tales of hardship but Rob de Pruis says one man’s “heart-breaking” story stands out for him. The director of consumer and industry relations, western, for…

Chuckegg Creek wildfire in northern Alberta now 60% held: Alberta government

The Alberta government says the massive Chuckegg Creek wildfire that’s forced thousands of people to flee their communities over the past two months is now considered 60 per cent held. The blaze is still over 330,000 hectares in size, but…