Drought - Camrose Country Declares Disaster
This has been an extremely dry spring in Alberta. The dry weather has fuelled wildfires early in the season. Three major fires were burning close to my home in May. Now we have major fires burning in North Central Alberta, threatening to isolate Fort MacMurray.
The effects of the dry weather are also causing havoc with local farmers. Record dry weather has created dangerous conditions and extreme hardship for Central Alberta farmers.
Camrose County, in central Alberta, about 100 km south of Edmonton issued a declaration due to severe drought conditions affecting all aspects of agriculture.
The dry conditions have dried up dugouts, watering holes used for irrigation and lifestock, and unusable pasture land.
Ground water sources are almost dry and farmers are seeing their crops die in the field due to lack of rain.
Record dry weather in some parts of the Prairies is causing extreme hardship and dangerous conditions, prompting one county to declare an agricultural state of disaster on Wednesday.
Camrose County, Alta., about 100 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, issued the declaration due to severe drought conditions affecting all aspects of agriculture.
Cattle producers are facing dried up dugouts - watering holes used for irrigation and livestock - and unusable pasture lands. Groundwater sources are almost completely dry, and grain producers are seeing their crops die in the fields due to the lack of rain.