Peace River Area Update

Peace River Forest Area Update - May 22, 2018

Posted on Tue, May 22, 2018

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WILDFIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT

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A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Peace River Forest Area due to dry and windy conditions.
 
Active fire permits are not affected at this time but users are advised to review their permit requirements and ensure they are within compliance. No fire permits will be issued for any non-essential burning until conditions improve.
 
Allowed
  • Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings) or random camping areas
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
 
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.
 
The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
 
For more information on this and other fire advisories/restrictions and fire bans within the province, please visit www.albertafirebans.ca or download the new Alberta Firebans App!

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WILDFIRE UPDATE

The wildfire danger level is now EXTREME in the Peace River Forest Area. Crossover conditions are expected to continue.  The dry grasses and forest vegetation pose an especially high hazard in windy conditions. Please exercise extreme caution.  

There were 10 wildfires over the weekend, and all but two of which have been extinguished.

PWF 26 is in the Notikewin area and is currently under control at 0.25 hectares in size.

PWF 31 is in the Paddle Prairie area and is being held at 3.30 hectares in size.    

For more information on the location of wildfires in the province including status definitions, please visit our wildfire status map. 

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

 

DO YOUR PART TO PREVENT WILDFIRES 

 

Before you burn it, get a permit

Fire permits are 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 and please burn safely within the conditions on your permit.

 

Use campfires responsibly

  • When in a campground or recreational area, always use the designated stove, ring or fire pit provided.
  • Always build and maintain a campfire that is of reasonable size and can be easily extinguished with the tools and water that are available. Even a small campfire can become a wildfire.
  • Always have a water source nearby. If one is not available, be sure to have a large container of water designated for keeping your campfire under control and extinguishing it.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended.
  • When you are done with your campfire, soak it, stir it, and soak it again until ashes are cool to the touch.
  • New violation tickets have been introduced for a number of offenses such as unattended campfires. Tickets will be issued for easily observable, straightforward non-compliance. Ticket amounts range from $172 to $500 per violation and could result in jail time.

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

Keep your OHV debris free

Grass, twigs, leaves and mud can build up in the hotspots, heat up, drop off and start a wildfire. Remember to clean your machine before, during and after your ride.

 

Call 310-FIRE to report wildfires.

 

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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