Small wildfire south of Fort Fitzgerald out of control

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A small forest fire is burning out of control three kilometres south of Alberta's Fort Fitzgerald, near the NWT's southeastern border.

Smith’s Landing First Nation told members the fire, 2.5 hectares in size, is being fought by one Alberta crew and two Parks Canada crews and tankers.

“At this time there is no need to be alarmed and we will notify you if the situation changes,” the First Nation posted online.

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The cause of the fire is currently listed as under investigation.

Fort Fitzgerald is 24 km southeast of Fort Smith.

According to an Alberta government map of wildfires, the fire appears just north of the Wood Buffalo National Park boundary.

Alberta is experiencing a severe wildfire season, with just under 850,000 hectares of the province having burned to date. The province's average is just under 250,000 hectares per season.

Figures for Alberta wildfires do not include Wood Buffalo National Park, where 24 fires have burned approximately 95,063 hectares.

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Fire danger throughout the park is listed as very high, while temperatures in the area have hovered near record levels so far this week.

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