Sunshine and extremely warm temperatures this week are a blessing for quite a few.
But according to the map from Natural Resources Canada, many areas are considered high or very high risk in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
After a mild, dry winter with below average snowfall in Western Canada, some conditions are tinder-dry according to officials.
According to Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment, there are 9 wildfires burning in the province – 12 fires have been declared “out” while 8 new fires have been reported.
There were 720 fires in Saskatchewan last year that forced about 13,000 people from their homes and burned 17,000 square kilometres of forest.
The Saskatchewan government recalled firefighting crews two weeks earlier this year and hired eight new crews in preparation for what could be an early start to the wildfire season.
Alberta also started its wildfire season a month early – and it’s likely a good move.
The threat from an out-of-control wildfire has prompted a mandatory evacuation order for two areas near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Residents of Prairie Creek and the Centennial Trailer Park a few kilometres south and west of the city were forced out Sunday evening.
People in another neighbourhood on the edge of the city are on a voluntary evacuation notice.
The blaze has scorched more than a square kilometre of timber and fire authorities are concerned about the wind direction and air quality because of the thick smoke.
BC is not immune either from the forest fire activity.
Unseasonable heat is once again searing northeastern British Columbia, fuelling wildfires that have prompted evacuation alerts around two communities.
The Peace River Regional District says residents about 60 kilometres northeast of Fort St. John should be ready to leave on short notice as the Siphon Creek wildfire is uncontained and burns nearby.