Areas of exposed dry grass and fine fuels are a concern and any spark, friction or hot exhaust can easily start a wildfire even when the temperatures are cooler. Ensure you adhere to your burn permit, never burn in windy conditions and always extinguish your campfire.
If you see smoke or flame and suspect it's a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.
Members of a local helitack crew assisted with the Edson Trade Show preparations this morning.
EDSON FOREST AREA FIRE DANGER RATING
The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area remains MODERATE due to exposed dry grass and fine fuels.
EDSON TRADE SHOW - APRIL 29 & 30
Join us at the Edson Trade Show this Friday April 29 from 12 noon until 8 p.m. and Saturday April 30 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Take the opportunity to chat with both wildfire and forestry professionals, learn some great wildfire prevention tips and take home your own seedling to celebrate AB Forest Week!
ALBERTA FOREST WEEK - MAY 1 - 7
Alberta has a long-standing tradition of Forest Week and Arbor Day celebrations. The spirit of Arbor Day instils the values of conservation and stewardship as well as the environmental benefits of our trees and forests. Alberta Forest Week is celebrated each year during the first full week in May.
Join us in celebrating AB Forest Week and pick up your own, free tree seedling from one of the following events happening near you!
Edson Trade Show - April 29 & 30 | Hinton Farmers Market - May 5
Edson Farmers Market - May 6 | Grande Cache Tourism Centre - May 7
NEW - ONLINE FIRE PERMIT PORTAL
Wildfire season in Alberta is from March 1 until October 31. 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 or you can request your permit using the new, convenient online fire permit portal.
We ask that you plan ahead, there may be delays for a forest officer to visit your site. For more information regarding fire permits, you can view our video by clicking here.
EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since January 1, 2022, there have been 27 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 28.39 ha.
2021 - EWF075 is UNDER CONTROL. The wildfire was detected in 2021 and is located 9 km west of Evansburg, north of highway 16 and west of highway 22. The wildfire is 175 hectares in size. The wildfire will be monitored as needed until it is classified as extinguished.
All above mentioned wildfires are currently under investigation. There is no threat to any communities at this time. To understand what the wildfire classifications mean, visit our website by clicking here.
To view the wildfires on a map, check out the new wildfire dashboard. It provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the province, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since January 1, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 131 wildfires burning a total of 392 ha.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit the new wildfire dashboard.
WILDFIRE PREVENTION TIPS
Albertans are always asked to use caution when working or recreating in the outdoors:
- Before you burn it, get your fire permit. Fire permits in Alberta.
- Clear debris from hot spots on your off-highway vehicle.
- Ensure your campfire is out - soak it, stir it, soak it again.
- Before you head out this weekend, check out the albertafirebans.ca website or download the app to stay informed.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
- Subscribe to the Edson Forest Area wildfire update to receive an email when new information is posted.
- Download the Alberta Wildfire App for Apple and Android device.
- Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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