Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - May 23, 2017

Posted on Tue, May 23, 2017

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Fire Advisory Now in Effect 

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Due to the strong winds expected throughout the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, a Fire Advisory has been issued for the Peace River Forest Area, effective on May 23, 2017. 

  • Take extra precautions with any outdoor burning
  • Permits are not affected at this time, but those with permits are being reminded to adhere to the conditions of their permits paying special attention to the wind conditions included on your permit.
  • Should the hazard continue to increase, permit restrictions may be implemented. This may include not issuing new permits and/or cancelling existing permits.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

  

The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

 

For more information on advisories, restrictions, fire bans and forest closures within Alberta, please visit www.albertafirebans.ca.

 

CALL 310-FIRE to report wildfires.  

 

Help prevent wildfires

A campfire left smouldering can cause a wildfire. Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it's been completely extinguished before you leave your site. make sure your campfire is out.

Your off-highway vehicle can start a wildfire. Check your off-highway vehicle frequently for any smouldering debris. Grass, muskeg, moss or other debris can drop to the ground as you're riding and spark a wildfire. ride debris free.

 

Before you burn it, get your permit

As of March 1st, all burning activities in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, excluding campfires, now require a fire permit. Fire permits are free and available at your local Agriculture and Forestry office.  You can call 780-624-6190 for more information or to obtain your free fire permit.

Please see the information above about the fire advisory that is currently in place and how it affects fire permits.

 

Changes to the Forest and Prairie Protection Act 

The Alberta government is committed to protecting Albertans and their communities from the threat of wildfire.  Far too many wildfires are caused by human-activity and are 100 per cent preventable. Approximately 70 per cent of wildfires over the last six years have resulted from human activity.  In fall of last year, we passed legislation to enhance wildfire prevention, to deter risky behaviour and give wildland firefighters more tools to keep Albertans and their communities safe.
 
These regulation changes help support the legislation by including:
  • new penalties for violations such as abandoning campfires or burning during fire bans,
  • and improving government’s ability to restrict higher risk activities, like fireworks and incendiary targets.

Penalties will be determined by a statutory decision-maker on a case-by-case basis.

Please visit our website for more information.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215

crystal.burrows@gov.ab.ca

Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3743)

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