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Weather brings reprieve for Alberta fire crews

For the first time since early May, fire crews in northern Alberta are getting some relief.

For the first time since early May, fire crews in northern Alberta are getting some relief.

According to wildfire information officer Anastasia Drummond, there are currently no out of control fires burning in the province.

Drummond said officials are using the reprieve to give firefighters a bit of a break.

"The good news is that we're now able, because it's calmed down just a little bit, we're able to cycle through our crews a little bit more, give everybody some days off … get back their energy," she said.

"But many of them have been anxious to get back on the line and continue the work they've been doing."

Drummond said wet weather has helped in dousing the flames.

"Fire areas are certainly starting to see some of that, but I do want to be clear that while the weather is really finally helping us, it was the dedicated efforts of hundreds of personnel from across Canada that were responsible for containing that Richardson's fire."

Firefighters were able to get a hold on the 600-acre fire in Richardson's backcountry earlier this week. But even with the recent wet weather, Drummond said it could be several months before that fire is completely out.

And despite the rain, Drummond said, some areas in the far north of the province are still dangerously dry.

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