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Devil's Head wildfire losing steam as cold weather moves in

Last Updated Oct 13, 2020 at 6:16 am MST

CALGARY (CityNews) — A wildfire west of Calgary has been downgraded to ‘being held’ after being labelled as ‘out of control’ earlier this week.

The fire, which was sparked by an abandoned campfire in early September, had shrunk to 2,416 hectares by Monday evening.

As of last Thursday, the fire was burning across 3,624 hectares.

More than 100 firefighters were out battling the blaze, along with eight helicopters and one air tanker dropping.

Sixteen pieces of heavy equipment were also on the ground to establish a fireguard on the northern end of the blaze.

Monday’s update from Alberta Wildfire comes at the same time as a drop in temperatures and some precipitation in southern parts of the province.

Thanksgiving morning, many Calgarians were greeted with rain and snow.

Environment Canada forecasted the city’s low for the night at -1°C, with multiple days of flurries ahead.