Calgary, Alberta — Alberta has reported a record number of wildfires and a record-breaking fire season, with more than 10,000 wildfires across the province.
The National Weather Service reported that the province had a wildfire danger rating of “medium” or higher.
A new record for wildfire season was set Saturday with a wildfire burning in the town of Horseshoe Bay.
The fire was started in the southern portion of the province, near the border with Saskatchewan.
Flames in the fire area were reported to have reached a maximum of 500 metres (1,200 feet) and were burning at a rate of 10.5 per hour, the National Weather Services reported.
More than 1,000 homes and businesses were evacuated, with the fire burning at its highest intensity, the weather service reported.
Flames in the Horsethoe Bay wildfire area near Horsewood, Alta.
Albertas Premier Alison Redford announced Friday that the state of Alberta has become the third-largest in the country to have been hit by a wildfire, the most destructive in its history.
Redford said the number of fires in the province rose to 6,000.
The total number of firefighters, police and other personnel deployed to battle the fires in Alberta rose to 4,000 from 3,000, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
“This is a very dangerous time in Alberta and our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Alberta,” Redford said in a statement.
“Alberta is facing the highest wildfire risk we have seen in decades.”