Fire season is right around the corner and so is spring! It's time to revisit any winter campfire sites or brush piles to ensure they have been completely extinguished, clean up yard debris and get your permit.
As the snow melts check for holdovers
When checking, spread around any remaining debris so you can probe the area for hot spots. Use your bare hand and feel for heat over the ash piles or use a long metal rod to probe into the pile and feel for heat. If you see smoke or feel heat, the fire is still burning beneath the surface. Drench any remaining hot spots with water and stir up the ashes
Be Firesmart: take the first step
Large amounts of dead grass and other vegetation in your yard can dry out quickly becoming flammable as early as mid-March. Take the first step check out the Wildfire Hazard Online Assessment. This assessment is intended for structures that are within or near the edge of a forested area.
Fire Permits Required March 1
Fire permits are required for all types of burning (except a campfire). Please contact your local fire guardian to obtain your free fire permit by calling (780) 538 5560
If you see smoke or fire in the forest call or tap it in! With one quick tap, you can report it right from the app or call 310-FIRE
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information OfficerGrande Prairie Wildfire Management Area780-538-5327 (office) | 780-832-7235 (mobile)