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Don’t be foolish in the forest, says minister

As Alberta’s wildfire season officially kicks off April 1, the minister of sustainable resource development is urging people to not be fools in the forest.

As Alberta’s wildfire season officially kicks off April 1, the minister of sustainable resource development is urging people to not be fools in the forest.

“Each year we assess the fire risk before the start of the fire season and position ourselves and resources that we need to deal with the risk of wildfires across the province,” said Minister Mel Knight.

“There is a situation facing us where we have experienced, over the last year or so, some extremely dry conditions.”

The province has been monitoring ground moisture since last fall and the minister said 2010 is shaping up to be a very dry year.

“Snow pack levels and precipitation have both been well below the normal levels that we might experience,” he said.

“Based on our latest readings, I think we can now confirm that moisture levels are extremely low in certain parts of the province and the threat of wildfires is therefore heightened.”

About $52 million worth of fire-fighting resources have been, or will be, distributed to stations in the field across Alberta.