On the eve of the next major wildfire season, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her province will focus on the health of Albertans first.
The wildfire season has begun in the province, and it’s already shaping up to be the most expensive in the country.
The average price of a home in the western Alberta community of Jasper has climbed by more than $800,000, with the median house in the area now selling for $8,000 more than it did in December 2016.
And prices for the homes in other parts of the community, like Lac La Biche and Jasper, have jumped.
The Alberta government is already warning that the wildfire season will be the worst in the state’s history, and that the province’s $3.2-billion wildfire relief fund could run out of money before mid-January.
A spokesperson for Notley told CBC News that the premier would like to see the wildfire situation in Alberta improve over the next two years, noting that it will be a challenge to get the fires under control.
“Alberta is facing a very difficult situation with the spread of the wildfire and the continued drought conditions,” said the spokesperson, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the situation.
“The province will continue to invest in Alberta’s infrastructure, such as wildfire management and emergency preparedness, as it is necessary.”