Grande Prairie Area Update

Grande Prairie Forest Area- June 2, 2021

Posted on Wed, Jun 02, 2021

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

Windy weather and outdoor burning is a dangerous combination. During high hazard, fires can ignite easily and spread rapidly. It is important to exercise extreme caution while working or recreating in Alberta’s forests.

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Wildfire Situation

Since March 1, 2021 there have been 38 wildfires burning nearly 60 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
 
 
Fire Advisory 1
 
A fire advisory is in effect for the Grande Prairie Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to forecast winds and increasing temperatures.
 
Under this advisory:
  • Existing fire permits are still valid, but be sure to review your permit conditions prior to burning.
  • New permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis, only for essential burning.
 
Prohibited:
  • Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.
 
Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) can start wildfires.  Please stop often to clean your exhaust and always ensure your OHV is clean and properly maintained.
 
If you plan on having a campfire, keep it small, safe and always attended.  Prior to leaving your site or turning in for the evening, please ensure that your campfire has been fully extinguished. Soak it, stir it, soak it again to ensure it is out.
 
If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
 
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
 
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Fire Permits

From March 1st until October 31st, fire permits are required for any burning except campfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta. Do not burn during windy conditions. 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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  • Registration now open for the Local FireSmart Representative (LFR) Workshops hosted by FireSmart Alberta.
  • The Local FireSmart Representative workshop gives participants the tools and knowledge to support and coordinate the Neighborhood Recognition Program within their community. 
  • This workshop will be offered virtually and be broken into two half-day sessions. There is no cost to register, and each participant will receive an electronic certificate upon completion. Register for the workshop here.
 
LFR Workshop #1
• Wednesday, June 9 from 08:30 to 12:00 
• Thursday, June 10 from 08:30 to 12:00 
 
LFR Workshop #2
• Wednesday, June 29 from 08:30 to 12:00 
• Thursday, June 30 from 08:30 to 12:00 
 

Working together we can increase community wildfire resilience across the province.

 
 
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For more information:

Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 832 7235

kelly.burke@gov.ab.ca

Phone: 1-866-394-3473

wildfire.alberta.ca