FIRE SEASON STARTS TODAY (MARCH 1)
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
As of today, fire permits will be required for all burning, with the exception of heating or warming fires, within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Call the Peace River Forest Area office at 780-624-6190 to find out how to obtain your FREE fire permit.
All winter burning should now be extinguished. If you have questions regarding this, please call the Peace River Forest Area office.
Call 310-FIRE to report wildfires.
DO YOUR PART TO PREVENT SPRING WILDFIRES
Although 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 check your winter burning sites to ensure they are extinguished to prevent holdover fires.
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.
The wildfire danger level is LOW in the Peace River Forest Area. Despite the low hazard levels, please remember, safe burning practices are always in season. Get your fire permit before burning, burn safely within the conditions on your permit.
For more information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit: wildfire.alberta.ca.
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Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2018
In collaboration with The Co-operators, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, FireSmart Canada is presenting the fourth annual National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5.
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, 2018.
Learn more at firesmartcanada.ca.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Wildfire Information Officer