Fallen power lines.
Thats what is being blamed for most of the wildfires now burning in southern Alberta.
Officials say the high winds we had the other day ripped down the lines—-those lines were shooting off sparks—-and dry conditions down south—-just fueled the blazes…
Travis Fairweather is an Info Officer with Ag and Forestry says the extremely dry conditions they’ve been dealing with all year–obviously didnt help:
“It was a dry winter–we’ve had very little rain this season—and it just got hot-dry.. Add in the wind—and those are a lot of the factors that add to fires of this nature.”
Homes and farms have been destroyed—while pets were killed and cattle burned….
The fires are also blamed for the death of volunteer firefighter—James Hargrave. The 34-year old had been driving a water-tanker when he collided with a pickup between Alberta and Saskatchewan…
He leaves behind his wife Liz—and their four young kids. A “gofundme” page has been set up—to help them out.
And while the winds are still hitting 100-km an hour at times in the region—–Environment Canada says they’re supposed to calm down this afternoon—so finally some good news.