The wildfire danger in the Peace River Forest Area is EXTREME.
There is a red flag watch in effect for the MacKenzie and Red Earth forecast zones.
This increase in hazard requires additional awareness and preparation from everyone. Please avoid any unnecessary burning if possible, and be sure to use extreme caution if you do have a campfire or use a backyard fire pit. Small changes in wind speed and direction will cause drastic changes in fire behaviour
A fire advisory is in effect for the Peace River Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to drying conditions and high wind.
Under this advisory, existing fire permits are still valid, but please be sure to review your permit conditions prior to burning. New permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis, only for essential burning.
Off-highway vehicles (OHVs) can start wildfires. Please stop often to clean your exhaust and always ensure your OHV is clean and properly maintained.
If you plan on having a campfire, keep it small, safe and always attended. Prior to leaving your site or turning in for the evening, please ensure that your campfire has been fully extinguished. Soak it, stir it, soak it again to ensure it is out.
If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE
The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
Since March 1, there have been 16 wildfires in the Peace River Forest Area burning a total of 7.51 hectares. One of these wildfires has been turned over to the responsible party and 15 have been extinguished.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
There are currently seven wildfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta. Four of these wildfires are under control and three have been turned over to the responsible party.
Since March 1st, there have been 308 wildfires in the FPA, burning a total of 927.10 ha.
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During wildfire season, you are required to have a fire permit if you plan on doing any burning in the Forest Protection Area, other than a campfire.
We urge everyone to use caution when working and recreating outdoors. Never leave your campfire unattended. Before leaving, be sure to soak your campfire, stir it and soak it again.
Please contact the local forestry office at 780-624-6190 to obtain your free fire permit.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information, please contact:
Provincial Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 420-1968
Report Wildfires 310-FIRE (3743)