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Alberta's wildfire season concludes for 2020

Last Updated Nov 3, 2020 at 7:42 pm MDT

PHOTO. Alberta Wildfire's headquarters in Fort McMurray, Alta.

Alberta observed the official end of the wildfire season for 2020 on Oct. 31.

Wildfire activity in the Fort McMurray Forested Area decreased sharply from 2019.

According to Alberta Wildfire, there were 20 wildfires that burned 269.45 hectares of land.

In 2019, there were 80 wildfires impacting 50,588 hectares.

READ MORE: 2019 Alberta wildfire season officially over

The province had a total of 705 fires that burned 3265.33 hectares.

580 or 82.5 per cent of those fires were human-caused, including 15 in the Fort McMurray Forested Area.

Lightning caused 86 fires with another 37 still under investigation.

Alberta Wildfire Information Officer Travis Fairweather said officials issued 57 tickets, 220 written warnings, and 20 verbal warnings.

Last year, Alberta had 1003 fires, which burned over 8800 hectares.

Alberta’s five-year average is 1355 wildfires and 411,035.77 hectares.

A table breaking down wildfire data for 2020 by region is available on the Alberta Wildfire website.