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This file photo taken on May 7, 2016 shows flames and smoke rising off Highway 63 outside Fort McMurray, Canada. (COLE BURSTON//AFP/Getty Images)
This file photo taken on May 7, 2016 shows flames and smoke rising off Highway 63 outside Fort McMurray, Canada. (COLE BURSTON//AFP/Getty Images)

Businesses grapple with growing risks from wildfires Add to ...

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Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.’s timber rights through a large swath of northeastern Alberta are being ravaged by fire, and the size and intensity of this spring’s blaze comes as no surprise to its woodlands manger, Cal Dakin.

The combined impact of drought, climate change and modern forest-management practices has left the western boreal forest extremely vulnerable to the type of massive fire that forced the recent evacuation of Fort McMurray and the temporary halt to oil sands operations in the area.

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