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…

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…

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…

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…

Emotional video of toddler seeing Paddle Prairie home destroyed by wildfire shared online

The vice-chair of the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement has shared an emotional video of her family returning home after the Chuckegg Creek wildfire destroyed their house. Lori Wanuch shared the video on Facebook on Thursday, June 20. Story continues below…

Firefighting plane makes emergency landing in central Alberta after gear fails

A firefighting plane had a rough landing in central Alberta due to a landing-gear issue. Red Deer Regional Airport CEO Graham Ingham says a Lockheed Electra operated by Airspray Airtankers made an emergency landing on Saturday when it couldn’t get…

Evacuation order lifted for Indian Cabins community but wildfire threat remains

An evacuation order issued to residents of the northern Alberta community of Indian Cabins because of the threat of wildfire was lifted on Friday night. Shortly before 7 p.m., the Alberta Emergency Management Agency announced on behalf of Mackenzie County…