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May long weekend moisture not enough to quash wildfire concerns in southern Alberta

WATCH ABOVE: Although the rainfall last week helped with fire danger conditions across southern Alberta, there are still concerns of wildfire. As Global News meteorologist Tiffany Lizée explains, southeastern Alberta is still seeing fire restrictions and advisories in place.

Steady rainfall heading into the May long weekend helped with wildfire danger conditions across southern Alberta, however, there are still concerns.

Regions east of Calgary and along the Saskatchewan-Alberta border are under fire restrictions and advisories.

READ MORE: Wildfire threat prompts Alberta to issue fire ban in northern part of province

Fire bans in place across southern Alberta on May 20, 2019.
Fire bans in place across southern Alberta on May 20, 2019. Kevin Salvatierra/Global News

On Monday afternoon, Alberta wildfire officials were aware of 20 active wildfires burning across Alberta.

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Six wildfires are considered out of control, five are being held and 12 are now under control, including a wildfire burning in the foothills west of Calgary.

READ MORE: High Level, surrounding areas evacuated as wildfire burns in northwestern Alberta

On May 20, a total of 23 wildfires were active across Alberta.
On May 20, a total of 23 wildfires were active across Alberta. Matthew Peleshok/Global News

Wind blowing in from the south continues to direct wildfire smoke northward, towards the Northwest Territories as seen from satellite imagery on Sunday.

Although conditions are expected to be the same on Tuesday, forecasters are keeping a very close eye on weather patterns and the potential for a shift in winds over the next few days.

READ MORE: Crews continue to battle out-of-control wildfires in Alberta’s Peace Region

Plumes of smoke from out-of-control wildfires burning in Alberta’s Peace Region can be clearly seen from satellite imagery.
Plumes of smoke from out-of-control wildfires burning in Alberta’s Peace Region can be clearly seen from satellite imagery. SkyTracker

The fire danger map that was released on Monday by the Government of Alberta shows all of northern Alberta labelled as “extreme”.

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Areas of moderate, high and very high danger continue to be a concern for areas in west-central Alberta.

 

Alberta Fire Danger map released on May 20 shows conditions in northern Alberta labelled as “extreme”.
Alberta Fire Danger map released on May 20 shows conditions in northern Alberta labelled as “extreme”. wildfire.alberta.ca

The province did see some rain this weekend, but not enough to make a significant difference for most of southern Alberta.

READ MORE: 72 hours of steady rain soaks southern Alberta

The Canadian drought monitor released at the beginning of May shows pockets of moderate drought in eastern and southern Alberta from the ongoing precipitation deficits.

The Canadian Drought Monitor is Canada’s official source for the monitoring and reporting of drought in Canada.
The Canadian Drought Monitor is Canada’s official source for the monitoring and reporting of drought in Canada. Cody Coates/Global News

Alberta Wildfire is asking the public to report wildfires to 310-FIRE and to call 911 immediately if there’s immediate danger to a nearby community.

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