The 2016 wildfire season began on March 1st
Provincial Wildfire Situation
There have been 10 wildfires, since the start of wildfire season on March 1. Three have been extinguished and seven have been turned over to the responsible party.
Do your part to prevent wildfires this spring
Although it's cold and there is snow on the ground, the mild and dry winter conditions are favorable for holdover fires. A fire left smoldering can burn under the snow all winter long emerging as a wildfire in the spring.
Be sure to extinguish your winter fires
Soak it with water, stir it up and soak it again. The ashes should be cool to the touch.
Check your winter brushpiles to ensure they are extinguished
When checking your brushpiles, spread around any remaining debris so you can probe the area for hotspots. Use your bare hand to feel for heat over the ash piles. If you see smoke or feel any heat, the fire is still burning beneath the surface. Douse any remaining hot spots with water and stir up the ashes. A fire is not completely extinguished until there is absolutely no heat emanating from the ashes.
Before you burn it, get your permit
Beginning March 1st, all burning activities in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area, excluding campfires, will require a fire permit. Fire permits are free and available at your local Agriculture and Forestry office. You can call 310-0000 to be connected to our nearest office.
Listen to Lets Go Outdoors Fire Season podcast
Bathymetric maps show contours of water depth in lakes. Bathymetry is a useful technique for fisheries management to assist in data collections and analyses. It is also useful for anglers to find good places to fish.
These geo-referenced maps work on moble devices with apps such as Avenza
Barry A. Shellian RPFT
Area Information Coordinator
Rocky Forest Area
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
May the forest be with you