High Level Area Update

Safe burning practices are always in season

Posted on Wed, Oct 27, 2021

End of wildfire season

Wildfire season officially ends on October 31, 2021 and burning permits will no longer be required. Please remember safe burning practices are always in season. If you plan to burn debris ensure you have proper signage along roadways to notify traffic as smoke can impede visibility due to inversions.


The danger rating for the area is Low. Even though we are experiencing cool fall weather, it is still important to continue to do your part to prevent wildfires. At this time of year, areas of dead grass can become dry and flammable, due to wind and the sun. Firefighters urge everyone to use caution when working or recreating in grassy areas and to report wildfires immediately by calling 310-FIRE (3743)


Following safe burning practices will help prevent holdover fires that can start spring wildfires. Be sure to always check all fall and winter burn sites to ensure that the fire is out. Walk the burn area and roll over any debris to check for hot spots.

Here are a few things to consider when burning this winter:

  • Have proper smoke signage along roadways. Signs are available at La Prairie Group (780-926-3208) or Mackenzie County (780-927-3718).

  • Building clean piles helps them burn faster, reducing smoke impacts to the community.

  • Ensure that you have the proper tools with you at any burn site.

  • As with any burning, do not attempt to burn more than you can control.

  • Frequently check your burns, especially in the spring. A smoldering fire can burrow under the ground and re-surface months later. 

  • If you have any questions about proper burning procedures, visit wildfire.alberta.ca or phone 310-0000.

You can refer to the Brush Piles and Windrows Pamphlet for more information and safe burning practices.


There are three wildfires in the High Level Forest Area, all of which are classified as Under Control (UC). Since March 1st there have been 87 wildfires in the High Level Forest Area burning a total of 2,961 hectares. 

For a map of all fire locations in the High Level Forest Area and the province please check out the wildfire status map on the wildfire.alberta.ca website. To report a wildfire please call, 310-FIRE (3473). 


Since March 1 there have been 1,299 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 52,954 hectares. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca


Download the new Alberta Wildfire 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. Available for Apple and Android.


If you're having a campfire in the Forest Protection of Area, make sure it's fully extinguished when you are done. Soak it, stir it, and soak it again until the ashes are cool to the touch. Never leave a campfire unattended! WF_Social-images (6)


For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit www.wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.

Stay tuned to www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

For more information, please contact:

Victoria Ostendorf | Wildfire Information Officer

Mobile: 780-841-9387

Email: victoria.ostendorf@gov.ab.ca


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