Alberta Wildfires Continue to Cause Issues for Cattle Producers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Alberta yesterday, as raging wildfires prompted mass evacuations, where meteorologists expect virtually no rain for 10 days or so.

The widespread blazes have marked an intense start to wildfire season in Alberta, forcing more than 30,000 people out of their homes at one point and shuttering at least 319,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, or 3.7 per cent of national production.

The forecast for Alberta shows a cold front sweeping through starting tonight that would bring gusty winds, a slight chance of a thunderstorm, but not much rain.

Members of organizations including the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies and Alberta Auction Markets Association have offered up facilities for penning evacuated livestock.

The province also recently recommended producers call to discuss emergency grazing options, and notes it’s taking applications for temporary grazing on public lands.

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