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…

Park damaged in Fort McMurray fire closes early after trees toppled

A provincial park in northeastern Alberta is closing early for the season after wind toppled more than 100 seemingly healthy trees. Gregoire Lake was badly burned in the ferocious 2016 wildfire that destroyed thousands of homes in the nearby city…

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…

8,100 Alberta wildfire evacuees allowed to return home Tuesday

An estimated 8,100 northwestern Alberta residents evacuated due to wildfires were allowed to begin returning home Tuesday. The government said a shift in weather, including rain in recent days, has helped firefighters in the High Level region. The Chuckegg and…