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More than a million hectares of land have burned in Alberta due to wildfires

Wildfire officials say more than 10,000 square kilometers of land have burned in Alberta this year as dozens of wildfires continue across the province.

Alberta Wildfire’s Christie Tucker says the province has never seen so much wildfire activity in recorded history.

Tucker says that in 1984 there was a record 13,000 square miles burned during the entire fire season, which typically lasts from early March to late October.

Scattered showers over the past week have allowed firefighters to battle the blazes.

There are 71 wildfires in Alberta, 20 of which are deemed out of control, and about 10,000 people are out of their homes in various communities.

Bre Hutchinson, executive director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, says the wildfire situation remains serious and all Albertans need to remain vigilant, especially those living in areas under evacuation alert.

The Canadian Press

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