Westlock County the lat­est to is­sue fire ban

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Ex­tremely dry and windy con­di­tions led Westlock County, a district of 7,220 res­i­dents about 100 min­utes north of Ed­mon­ton, Alta., to is­sue a fire ban Mon­day morn­ing, as crews con­tinue to bat­tle a hand­ful of fires in east cen­tral Al­berta.

Ac­cord­ing to the prov­ince, 11 new wildfires sparked up in for­est pro­tected ar­eas over the last 24 hours, but all are ei­ther be­ing held, are un­der con­trol, or have been turned over to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

On Sun­day, grass fires prompted a par­tial evac­u­a­tion of prop­er­ties near Bruder­heim, Alta. Those fires are now un­der con­trol, but of­fi­cials say smoke re­mains a con­cern. Fire­fight­ers also worked on blazes in Macken­zie County, and north of High Level. Learn more about the fire ban at thes­tar.com

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Al­berta fire­fight­ers are cur­rently bat­tling blazes in the coun­ties of Westlock and Strath­cona.

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