Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - November 2, 2017

Posted on Thu, Nov 02, 2017

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The official fire season ended on October 31, 2017, but safe burning practices are always in season.

 

SAFE WINTER BURNING PRACTICES

Although you no longer require a fire permit for burning within the Forest Protection Area, once you light a fire, you are responsible if a wildfire results from the burn.  Take the time to properly prepare your burn site, know the requirements you need to be successful during your burn and know how to extinguish your site.  

Prepare the site:

  • Choose a location that is on high ground and so that pile can be 25 metres or more away from structures and standing trees. 
  • Surround the pile with a fireguard that is at least 15 metres wide - preferably bare mineral soil.
  • Ensure the pile is clean of dirt so it can burn cleanly and quickly. 

Safe burning practices:

  • Have someone on site monitoring the burn the entire time - if it escapes, immediately report it to 310-FIRE
  • Have adequate tools, water and equipment on site when burning. If you require advice on this, call the Peace River Forest Area Office at: 780-624-6190.
  • Only burn what you can control with the equipment and people you have available and always burn according to the weather conditions.

After you burn:

  • Spread out the remaining material within the pile.
  • Soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile - it should be cool to the touch.
  • Check your burn site multiple times in the coming weeks to ensure it has not reignited.

More about safe burning practices can be found on our website.

Please also take into consideration the safety concerns that may arise from the smoke your burning creates.  Always ensure proper safety precautions are taken and appropriate signage is in place.  If you see smoke that is creating a safety concern on roadways, please call 310-FIRE immediately.

 

Call 310-FIRE to report wildfires.

 

WILDFIRE UPDATE

There have been 121 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area this fire season with a total of 348.13 hectares burned.

Of the nearly seventy human-caused wildfires in the area this season, many were the result of fires that were not properly extinguished during the winter. When the conditions became favorable in the spring, they reignited and became wildfires. If you are going to do any burning this fall and/or winter, please take the time to read the preparation tips below.

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

 

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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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