Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - February 28, 2019

Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2019

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FIRE SEASON STARTS MARCH 1

The 2019 Fire Season starts March 1, 2019.  As of that date, fire permits will be required for all burning, with the exception of heating or warming fires, within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.  

All winter burning MUST be extinguished by March 1st.  Call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190 to find out how to obtain your FREE fire permit and to learn more.

Call 310-FIRE to report wildfires.

 

DO YOUR PART TO PREVENT SPRING WILDFIRES

29872257_10155088972310989_5421904473603413338_oAlthough it's cold and there is snow on the ground, conditions are favorable for holdover fires. A fire left smoldering can burn under the snow all winter long emerging as a wildfire in the spring.  Please be responsible and burn safely.

Be sure to extinguish your campfires

Soak it with water, stir it up and soak it again. The ashes should be cool to the touch.

Check your winter brushpiles to ensure they are extinguished

  • STIR IT: spread out the remaining material within the pile using a metal probe, or if necessary, heavy equipment. Dig down into the soil to make sure the fire has not burned down to the root system.
  • SOAK IT: soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile. 
  • STIR IT AGAIN: Roll the debris over. Using your bare hand, feel for heat while looking for steam. A fire is not out until there is absolutely no heat coming from the ashes.

Learn about safe winter burning practices and brush pile and windrow burning.

 

WILDFIRE UPDATE

The wildfire danger level is LOW in the Peace River Forest Area. Despite the low hazard levels, please remember, safe winter burning practices are always in season.

Throughout the winter months, Alberta Wildfire will continue to monitor and respond to any wildfires. To report a wildfire call 310-FIRE (3473).

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

 

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FIRESMART UPDATES

FS-WCPD Poster-FINALWildfire Community Preparedness Day 2019

In collaboration with The Co-operators, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, FireSmart Canada is presenting the annual National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.

Accomplish something great! Organize neighbours, friends or a community group and participate in a project that reduces wildfire risk; becoming FireSmart. 

Applications are accepted until March 9, 2019.

 

Learn more at firesmartcanada.ca.

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Or contact:

Crystal Burrows 

Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 618-6215

crystal.burrows@gov.ab.ca

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