Spring is budding in the Peace River Forest Area. Green-up has begun, but it’s also the time of year when coniferous trees have extremely low moisture content, reaching maximum dryness. Trees are extremely flammable and fire can spread quickly, torching and crowning in trees.
If you are operating an off-highway vehicle (OHV) use caution, clear your hot spots, and carry a collapsible bucket and shovel. Sparks from rocks, dragging chains, and welding operations are all high-risk activities that can ignite dry grasses.
Report Wildfires by calling 310-3473 if you spot smoke or fire in the forest.
CAMPFIRES AND FIRE SAFETY
Planning on heading out to do some camping this weekend? Whether it's the May long weekend, or any time people are out in the Forest Protection Area, we urge caution when working and recreating.
If you are camping in a provincial or national park, check the rules and guidelines and be sure to follow them for your safety and the safety of other campers. If you are camping in an area where safe campfires are permitted, remember to never leave your campfire unattended. Before leaving, be sure to soak it, stir it and soak it again.
- Alberta Wildfire typically sees an increase in human-caused wildfires during long weekends. Last year 67 per cent of wildfires were human-caused. We all have a role to play in preventing them.
- As there is very little lightning in the spring, almost all spring wildfires are human-caused and completely preventable. Dead and dry grass, twigs, leaves and branches provide fuel for fast-moving grassfires, making the prevention of wildfire especially important.
- One of our busiest days in Alberta last year was during the May long weekend – we responded to 38 wildfires in 24 hours. They were all human-caused! Help prevent wildfires this weekend by properly extinguishing your campfire: soak it, stir it and soak it again.
- When enjoying the outdoors this long weekend – remember to do your part to prevent wildfires. Campfires account for the highest percentage of human-caused wildfires. Human-caused wildfires are 100% preventable.
- For tips on how to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable campfire experience, visit our website: https://wildfire.alberta.ca/prevention/campfire-safety.aspx.
- When firefighters are sent to extinguish abandoned campfires, they are taken from fighting other wildfires which could threaten homes or communities.
- Remember to check albertafirebans.ca for fire advisories, bans or restrictions in your area or destination. If you are camping in a provincial or national park, check the rules and guidelines and be sure to follow them for your safety and the safety of other campers.
- If you see smoke or fire in the forest, report it by calling 310-FIRE (3473) toll free within Alberta.
Adhere to the conditions of your burn permit, never burn in windy conditions and always extinguish your campfire. If you see smoke or flame, call 310-3473.
HAZARD REDUCTION BURNING
Hazard reduction burning in the communities of Cadotte and Little Buffalo is in progress. Burning will continue until weather permits or the burn is complete.
Every spring, firefighters burn areas of dry grass around communities in the Peace River Forest Area. Burning is an efficient way to remove this extremely flammable fire fuel. Trained firefighters will be burning under specific weather conditions to ensure the fires are controlled and the impact of smoke on roadways and communities is minimized.
BE FIRE SMART THIS SPRING
Managing the vegetation around your property can reduce the risk of wildfire. Thinning and pruning, removing trees like spruce and juniper and cleaning around your property are all FireSmart techniques. FireSmart uses preventative measures to reduce the wildfire threat to values at risk while balancing the ecological benefits of wildfire.
lLearn more about the FireSmart partnership between government, industry and Albertans at https://wildfire.alberta.ca/firesmart/
NEW FIRE PERMIT PORTAL LAUNCHED
You can now request your fire permit online through a new online portal. During wildfire season, fire permits are required for any burning in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, except for campfires.
Fire permits are free and help us track what is burning on the landscape. If you're burning without a fire permit or outside fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire. By getting a permit before burning, you help keep our firefighters free to fight real wildfires instead of responding to the smoke in your backyard.
To request a fire permit online, visit the new portal. You will need a MyAlberta Digital ID to access the portal. Please note that you can still request your permit from the Peace River forest office by calling 780-624-6190.
Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more all on your mobile device.
Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
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- You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.wildfire.alberta.ca
Peace Wildfire Information Officer
Phone: (780) 618-2081