Fort McMurray — After 458 days, the Horse River fire that destroyed thousands of homes and scattered tens of thousands of people across Canada is finally dead. The fire — first spotted on May 1, 2016, before entering Fort McMurray two days later — was declared extinguished on Aug. 2, said Lynn Daina of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
At its height, the May 2016 wildfire burned an area of 589,552 hectares, or 5,895 square-kilometres. Even after the fire was declared under control on July 4, 2016, embers burned throughout the area during the fall. As the days grew colder, it burned underground and remained there throughout winter.
When a fire burns as long and as intensely as the Horse River fire, it is not unusual for a fire to smoulder underground during the winter, feeding off peat and dead vegetation, before returning to the surface in the spring.
As spring approached, forestry workers began scanning the area for hot spots before they had a chance to burn again. The fire remained underground throughout the summer, Dania said, and did not flare up into a wildfire this year.
“The firefighters would dig down into an ash pit and extinguish where the heat was coming from,” she said. “They were scanning the area for heat from helicopters and keeping an eye on the area.”
Did you know this fire was still going?
Did you know it was normal for a fire to go undergrounds for the winter?
Why do you think wildfires are increasing, burning more intensely, and lasting longer?
Could it have anything to do with Geoengineering?
In the latest Geoengineering podcast the use of aluminum in what’s being sprayed as a toxin to trees is given as an explanation as to why trees are dying and becoming food for wildfires. Listen to the entire podcast here – he makes some very interesting points.