Favourable forecast may help Alberta firefighting effort, but heat expected to return

By Lauryn Heintz and The Canadian Press

Parts of Alberta are experiencing cooler temperatures and even light rain as the province remains under a state of emergency while dozens of wildfires continue raging.

The government is warning, however, that a return to hot and dry conditions is expected and that fires can reignite even after several days of light rain.

More than 29,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes in recent days.

There were roughly 89 active wildfires burning as of Tuesday morning, with 26 listed as out of control.

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The provincial government announced one-time payments worth $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent child Monday.

Financial assistance could be available as early as Tuesday for those forced to spend at least seven straight days away from home.

Premier Danielle Smith says military personnel will be deployed to prevent looting and maintain order in evacuated communities.

An update on the situation is expected to come from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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