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Wildfire hazard set to HIGH this Labor Day weekend

 
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The current and forecasted wildfire hazard for the Grande Prairie Area is now HIGH. Please exercise extreme caution when recreating, working and otherwise spending time in the Forest Protection Area until the hazard has subsided.

The drought continues for areas in our northern region. Precipitation received in the area has been very isolated and scattered, fire weather indicators are rated EXTREME. Fire crews are stationed strategically throughout the area and are ready to action any new fire starts rapidly. Aerial patrols and our lookout personnel are watching from their sites for new fires. Please do your part to help and call 310-FIRE if you see smoke in the forest.

The Grande Prairie area has reported 55 wildfires which have burned 3,136.25 hectares, 28 of these fires where human caused while the remaining 27 were sparked by lightning.

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You can expect your next update Tuesday September 2 or sooner if the wildfire hazard or situation changes.

describe the imageDue to hazard conditions, a Fire Advisory remains in effect for the Grande Prairie Wildfire management Area. Fire permits will be issued for burn barrels, smudges and smoke houses until further notice. No permits for any heavy burning such as brush piles or windrows will be issued at this time. Safe campfires are currently allowed. For more information on the fire advisory please visit Alberta Fire Bans. For a complete listing of the fire bans and advisories in place within our provincial parks and recreational areas, please visit www.albertaparks.ca

 

 

 

Off-highway vehicle (OHV) exhausts are extremely hot, reaching temperatures of 204 Celsius. When riders travel through wet areas, muskeg can build up on the exhaust and next to the engine hot spots. As the rider travels, the muskeg dries out and is ignited by the hot engine. These burning pieces of muskeg then fall off the OHV, into dry grass causing a wildfire.

Remember it’s not out until you can't feel heat! Hunters gearing up for another exciting season are reminded to make fire safety an important part of their back country trip. An abundance of dried grass and trees are providing ideal fuels for wildfires. Campfires should never be left unattended.

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Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
780-538-5327 (office) | 780-832-7235 (mobile)

For a permit contact: Spirit River (780) 814-1983 Valleyview (780) 524-6576 County West & Grovedale (780) 814-1648or call your local ESRD office (780) 538-5560

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