The current weather conditions in Fort McMurray are apparently adding to fuel the fire. The dry winter season reportedly has helped to grow the Fort McMurray flames.
Lynda Steele spoke with Meteorologist, Claire Martin who said that an El Nino winter is apparently a large part of the early start to the fire season.
“Areas to the North didn’t have as much moisture, the snow pact was less. We’ve had a dry-ish winter, a very dry spring and we don’t have that lingering moisture. Now we’re coming into a time where El Nino is starting to wain, but it’s too little too late. We’ve started the fire season the first week of may, and quite frankly, this is a month on average than we saw 20-30 years ago.”
Martin explained since living in Alberta, residents may be used to the dry weather and potential forest fires, but it may just be the beginning for these flames this summer.
“When it rolls through a city, part of your stomach clenches, and just thinks “My god, what’s going on here?”And I don’t want to be the person of doom, but I have to say this is going to happen more and this is going to be a long summer.”
The forecast for the area was said to be quite windy, and will warm up towards the weekend, making the fire risks quite extreme. Martin says that the El Nino winter was a major contributor to the fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Temperatures in Fort McMurray have hit 30 degrees at least twice this year already, which is reportedly double what the city would expect to have this time of year.