Edson Area Update

Edson Forest Area Wildfire Update - April 27, 2021

Posted on Tue, Apr 27, 2021


A fire advisory is in effect for the Edson Forest Area. We urge everyone to use caution when working and recreating outdoors. 

During wildfire season, you are required to have a fire permit if you plan on burning in the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of a campfire. To request your free fire permit, contact the local forest area: (780) 723-8527. If you are found burning without a fire permit, you may be fined $600 or more.

Our area has detected numerous wildfires caused by work related sparks, friction and hot exhaust. Equipment repairs, grinding and welding can cause even small amounts of grass to ignite and wildfires to spread easily. When operating equipment, clear debris from moving parts, check your muffler and keep equipment in good repair. Do not operate equipment in tall grass, keep watch of your surroundings and ensure you have sufficient firefighting equipment and water available.

If you see smoke or flame and suspect it's a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.

Fire Advisory 2


A fire advisory is in effect for the Edson Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to an abundance of dry fuels, expected warm temperatures, and increased wind speeds. Dry grass and crops are very hazardous and could ignite easily from any spark, friction or hot exhaust. Use extreme caution when working outdoors such as welding, grinding and operating equipment.

There will be no changes to existing fire permits at this time and new permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis. 

The public and residents in the Edson Forest Area can continue to use a fire pit, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue, or a safe campfire and recreational off-highway vehicles.

The fire advisory will remain in place until conditions improve.

Stay tuned to www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.


The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is now MODERATE.

19 April 27 Lookout Course

Our new lookout observers and detection aids wrapped up a full week of training before heading out to their respective forest areas. Training involved weather collection and reporting, use of the Osborne fire finders, radios, smoke detection techniques, wildlife awareness and more!

Back: Oliver Braam, Matt Tsui, Brett Sprado, James Lessard, Doug Clough, & Sarah Erkamp. Front: Kirsten Hudson, Kale Withey, Angel Chen, Rick Rendleman, Ty Wright.


Since March 1, 2021, there have been 33 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 64 ha.

EWF028 was detected on April 16 and is now under control. The wildfire is approximately 22 km north of Edson, located approximately 3 km south of Emerson Creek Rd and 3 km west of the Amaco Road. This fire poses no threat to any community at this time. The estimated size of the fire is 35 ha. Crews will continue to search for any remaining hotspots and extinguish them. The fire will be monitored until it is classified as extinguished. The cause of the wildfire is still under investigation.


Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 158 wildfires burning a total of 189 ha.  

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 working or recreating in the outdoors:  


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For more information, please contact:

Caroline Charbonneau
Wildfire Information Officer | Edson Forest Area
Cell:  780-740-1341