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Ripe to burn’: Northern Alberta farmers face down wildfire threat – CBC

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by ahnationtalk on August 20, 2019146 Views

‘We felt if we didn’t do this, and the fire came, we had just way too much to lose’

Aug 20, 2019

In the wake of the massive Chuckegg Creek wildfire in northern Alberta, reporter Paige Parsons spent time in Mackenzie County speaking to families and farmers about how the disaster affected them. Today’s second instalment looks at the wider impacts on the region.

The sky was black with smoke as Joe Peters watched his neighbours turn his planted canola field back to dirt.

It was around 3 p.m. on June 17, at what should have been the height of Mackenzie County’s growing season.

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