A fire advisory remains in place for the Grande Prairie Forest Area. The fire danger is now MODERATE for the Grande Prairie Forest Area. A moderate danger rating means forest fuels are drying. Carry out any forest activities with caution. The wildfire danger rating is determined by factors such as the relative humidity, temperature, precipitation and wind speed.
GRANDE PRAIRIE FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE | June 4, 2020 AT 4:00 p.m.
There was one new fire in the Saddle Hills area today. It has been turned over to the landowner. Since March 1, there have been 19 wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, burning nearly 10 hectares.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
Remember that if you intend to burn you must evaluate the weather at your specific location. Get a permit and follow the conditions. You can be held responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area. Lighting a fire in sustained wind over 12km/hr is not permitted. Any fire started in these conditions will be difficult to control.
Contact your local fire guardian or an Agriculture and Forestry office for a permit.
Spirit River (780) 814 1983
Valleyview (780) 524 6576
County West (780) 814 1648
Thank you for doing your part to prevent wildfires. If you spot a wildfire call 310-FIRE.
A fire advisory means Albertans in the Forest Protection Area can safely enjoy the use of a fire pit in their backyard, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue, or a safe campfire.
- safe wood campfires
- backyard fire pits
- charcoal briquette barbecues
- use of propane, natural gas or powered appliance
- catalytic or infrared-style heaters
- safe burning with a permit
- recreational off-highway vehicle use
- burning (excluding campfires) without a permit
- unattended or unsafe campfire
*Permits may not be issued as usual under a fire advisory.
These precautions are in place as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response plan to avoid multiple disasters at a time when resources may be limited. Restrictions can be phased back in as necessary to address wildfire risk area-by-area. We will re-evaluate daily. We expect this fire advisory to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in Alberta, while allowing Albertans to enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible.
OHV exhausts can get very hot, reaching temperatures of over 200 Celsius, causing debris caught near the exhaust to become superheated. This debris can potentially start a wildfire when it falls to the ground.
Before you ride, clean any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine.
Always carry a small fire extinguisher, a collapsible shovel and water. These tools can help extinguish a wildfire and safely dispose of hot debris.
You can also visit AlbertaFireBans.ca for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235