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Horse River wildfire not expected to be extinguished before winter

Last Updated Oct 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm MDT

PHOTO. Dark smoke covers the sun due to the nearby wildfire in this file photo taken in May. NKS Photography. Used with permission.

The Horse River Wildfire, or better known as “the beast” is still classified as under control.

An update from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry says the fire is completely contained and will be extinguished but not by the time winter rolls around.

“When winter comes the fire will burn underground, there is now way to predict what will happen when the snow melts, but with the snow pack and the cold it will be something that is manageable,” said Lynn Daina with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

The scanning continues for hot spots, as they are identified they are actioned by wildland firefighters.

The fire remains estimated at 589,552 hectares in size, including the portion in Saskatchewan.

Hunting, Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and fall burning can cause wildfires, people are reminded to be prepared and responsible.