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Helicopters with buckets and heavy equipment were working on the southeast side of SWF-049, a 255,000-hectare fire near Slave Lake, on June 7. (Courtesy: Alberta Wildfire)

EDMONTON -- Alberta's 2019 wildfire season officially ended on Oct. 31.

People no longer require a fire permit for burning, but officials are reminding Albertans to still be vigilante when extinguishing fires.

"A fire left smoldering can burn underground all winter long and cause a wildfire in the spring," Alberta Wildfire said in a written release.

Investigators and the RCMP determined the McMillan wildfire was started as a result of arson. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-833-999-FIRE (3473). 

In 2019, there were 1,003 wildfires in Alberta and burnt a total area of more than 880,000 hectares.