Grande Prairie Area Update

Fire Advisory Remains in Effect for Grande Prairie Forest Area - Wildfire Update August 22, 2017

Posted on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

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The current wildfire hazard in the Grande Prairie Forest Area is VERY HIGH. High temperatures in today's forecast continue to create conditions that dry forest fuels and will allow a fire to spread quickly should one start.

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As of 3:00 pm August 17, 2017 a Fire Advisory has been issued for the Grande Prairie Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area.
 
Under this advisory:
  • No new permits will be issued
  • Safe campfires are still allowed 
The Fire Advisory will remain in place until sufficient precipitation is received. 
 
Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) and remove debris before and after use. Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. 
 
If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

Wildfire Update - August 22, 2017, 10 AM

There is currently one active fire in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, it is currently classified as Under Control at 1.3 hectares in size and the cause is under investigation. Crews will continue checking for hot spots and will work on completely extinguishing this fire today.

There have been 40 wildfires so far this season that have burned a total of 7.41 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area.

Throughout the province of Alberta the 2017 wildfire season has seen 1,064 fires burn a total of 19,398.65 hectares. See a current map of active wildfires here.

Fire Bans, Restrictions and Advisories are in effect throughout several parts of Alberta. Before you head out into a forested area check AlbertaFireBans.ca to see a detailed map.

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Your off-highway vehicle can start a wildfire. 

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Check your off-highway vehicle frequently for any smouldering debris. Grass, muskeg, moss or other debris can drop to the ground as you're riding and spark a wildfire. ride debris free. Stop periodically and remove debris from hot areas of your off-highway vehicles before they heat to the point of igniting.

Find Out More

Get the most up-to-date wildfire information for the entire province by downloading the Alberta Wildfire app for Android or Apple devices.

For more information contact:
Melinda Paplawski | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 933-1929
Melinda.Paplawski@Gov.ab.ca

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