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Wildfires in northern Alberta continue to grow due to hot, dry, windy conditions

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A difficult day for firefighters in northern Alberta as nine out-of-control wildfires continued to move quickly due to hot, dry and windy conditions.
Officials say the largest fire, the Chuckegg Creek wildfire near High Level, has now grown to 230,000 hectares with several other fires growing as well.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister, Tyler Dreeshen, says the weather won’t be offering much help in the coming days. He says Albertans should expect similar conditions for at least the next two weeks.
Dreeshen says smoke has been a major challenge in fighting the fires as the loss of visibility makes it difficult to use air supports.
There are currently 28 active wildfires in Alberta. Smoke from those fires has pushed south, blanketing much of southern Alberta as well.
For updates visit the Alberta Emergency Alert website.
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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