Grande Prairie Area Update

Grande Prairie Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 29, 2021

Posted on Thu, Jul 29, 2021

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The wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is HIGH. 

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Wildfire Situation

At this time, there are five active wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. All five are listed as Under Control (UC). 

Since March 1, 2021 there have been 83 wildfires burning nearly 130 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. For a map and more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca

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A fire advisory is in effect for the Grande Prairie Forest Area, due to warm and windy weather conditions. 
 
Under this advisory:
• Current fire permits remain valid;
• New fire permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis.
 
Prohibited:
• Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire, is prohibited.
 
Allowed:
• Safe wood campfires *
• Backyard fire pits
• Portable propane fire pits
• Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
• Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
 
*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring.
They are required to: 
• Be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire; 
• Have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving;
• Have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire. Safe wood campfires on private lands include private land campgrounds and private land recreation areas; and
• Municipalities, Parks and protected areas may have additional fire safety requirements.
 
 
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When operating equipment, keep watch of your surroundings and ensure you have sufficient firefighting equipment and water available. Equipment fires or work related sparks, friction and hot exhaust can cause small amounts of dry fuels to ignite into a wildfire.

Fire permits

During wildfire season, you are required to have a fire permit to burn within the Forest Protection Area (FPA), with the exception of a campfire. To request your fire permit, contact the local forest area. Burning is not permitted during windy conditions. You can be held responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area. Anyone living outside the FPA can contact their municipality for information about local fire permit requirements.
 
County West / Grovedale - (780) 814-1648 
Spirit River – (780) 814-1983 
Valleyview – (780) 524-6576
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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 or #FIRE on your cell.
 
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Download the new app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more. 

For more information:

Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer

Call or Text (780) 832 7235

kelly.burke@gov.ab.ca

Phone: 1-866-394-3473

wildfire.alberta.ca

 

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