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Firefighters get wildfire near David Thompson Resort under control

 

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Firefighters get wildfire under control

The wildfire two kilometres south west of David Thompson Resort is now under control. One helicopter and 28 firefighters are fighting this wildfire. It is 12.3 hectares. For the latest update, check our Twitter feed.

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Prescribed fire postponed

Recent snow has postponed the Blackstone Gap prescribed fire until next year. Prescribed fires are ongoing plans, and fire managers are continually monitoring weather conditions for the safest and most effective time to conduct a prescribed fire. The area identified is overgrown and at high risk for a large wildfire.

This prescribed fire is part of the R11 Forest Management Plan. Strategically removing highly-flammable trees now will help prevent future wildfires from spreading out of the R11 Forest Management Area. It will also help create a healthier forest and promote wildlife habitat.

Blackstone Prescribed Fires overview

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Put out your campfire

Don't let cool temperatures fool you. A wildfire can easily start in dry grass and leaves. Make sure your campfire is full and stop frequently to knock off any debris from hotspots on your OHV.

Remember that you still need a permit to do any burning - other than campfires - until October 31, 2014.

Before burning, check the conditions of your fire permit. Windy conditions increase the risk of wildfire. You can get a free fire permit by contacting your local Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) office:

  • Rocky Mountain House - 403.845.8581

  • Sundre - 403.638.3805

  • Drayton Valley - 780.542-6616

Wildfire information at your fingertips

For information about wildfires in Alberta follow us on Twitter @ABGovWildfire or Facebook. Download the Alberta Wildfire app for Apple and for Android devices.

Janelle Lane

Wildfire Information Officer

780-217-1285

janelle.lane@gov.ab.ca

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