The Alberta government has confirmed many people’s worst fears, that the dry and windy conditions that are fueling the northern wildfires aren’t going to die down any time soon, and will make extinguishing them difficult, telling the public to prepare themselves.

“This fight is going to be a tough one,” said Devin Dreeshen, Alberta’s minister of agriculture and forestry. “The weather is not co-operating for the long-distance forecast for the next two weeks. It’s more of the same. Albertans need to prepare themselves for this situation for the foreseeable future.”