'Unpredictable' Wildfires Cause 13,000 People to Evacuate in Alberta, Canada

Wildfires burning in Alberta, Canada, forced more than 13,000 people to evacuate their homes on Friday, May 5, according to government officials.

According to information from the Alberta government, there were 103 active wildfires in the province on Saturday morning, 37 of which were deemed out of control.

In a press conference on Friday, Stephen Lacroix, managing director at the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, called the situation a “stark reminder of just how unpredictable and powerful wildfires can be.”

Satellite imagery posted by CIRA late on Friday showed several wildfires burning across Alberta, with smoke seen trailing into the sky. Credit: CIRA via Storyful

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