Edson Area Update

Edson Forest Area - Wildfire Season Begins! - March 1, 2019

Posted on Fri, Mar 01, 2019



Burn it with a permit

Alberta's wildfire season begins March 1st and is effective until October 31st.  You must obtain a fire permit if you plan on burning in the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of a campfire.

Some of the reasons you require a permit:

  • Helps keep track of burning, more importantly, smoke and flame.
  • When lookout observers report a smoke, firefighters aren't dispatched unnecessarily when they could be needed elsewhere.
  • Allows for opportunities to give tips on safe burning techniques.

To obtain your free fire permit, contact your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry office or phone toll-free 310-0000 to locate your nearest office. 

Edson Office: (780) 723-8269 / Hinton Office: (780) 865-8267 / Grande Cache Office: (780) 723-8269



Please check your winter burns and ensure they're fully extinguished.  If your fire isn't fully extinguished, it can smolder underground for months and resurface as a wildfire in the spring. 

Spread out the remaining materials within the pile.  Soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile.  It should be cool to the touch.

Always use caution when burning, no matter the fire danger.  If you see smoke or flame in the forest and don't believe it's part of a control program, report it by calling 310-FIRE (3473). 

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019

Applications are ready - Apply for a $500 award to help your community work towards becoming FireSmart.

  • Organize a Clean-up Day
  • Host a Workshop
  • Raise Awareness

Applications accepted from January 15th - March 9th.

To get started on your community application, visit the website by clicking here.

prepardness day

You May See Smoke and Flame in the Forest

Industry as well as government hired contractors are currently doing Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) control in the forest for the next month.  

For more information on MPB, you can visit our website by clicking here.

Wildfire EWF121 that was detected on December 14th approximately 14 km's E-NE of Cadomin, Alberta and 10 km's S-SW of Mercoal has been classified as EXTINGUISHED on February 27, 2019. 


Edson Forest Area (EFA):

There are currently no wildfires in the area.  Since March 1, 2019 there have been no wildfires in the EFA.

Provincial Stats:

  • There are currently 4 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. All four of these wildfires are under control. 
  • For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca


Albertans are always asked to use caution when out working or enjoying the forest within the Forest Protection Area. Please remember to:


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For more information, contact:
Caroline Charbonneau
Wildfire Information Officer
(C): 780.740.1341


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