Today marks the official start of the 2019 wildfire season.
From March 1st to October 31st, a fire permit is required for any type of burning in the Forest Protection Area. A campfire for cooking or warming does not require a fire permit.
To request your free fire permit call your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Office.
Slave Lake/Red Earth/Trout/Peerless/Loon 780-849-7377
High Prairie 780-523-6619
Have you burned this winter?
Take the time to go back and revisit your winter burns to ensure they are extinguished. Snow will not put out a fire. A fire left smouldering can continue to burn under the snow all winter long and re-emerge as a wildfire in the spring.
Follow these tips to prevent wildfires this spring
- Spread remaining material within the pile and soak with water as required.
- Check the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced by the pile – it should be cool to the touch.
- Check your burn site multiple times in the following weeks to ensure it has not reignited.
Please report your winter burn locations to Slave Lake Forest Area Wildfire Technologist Russell Murphy by calling 780-849-7457.
Click here for more information on winter burning.
FireSmart grants are now available for Community Projects.
Apply for your chance to receive $500 to put towards a FireSmart activity or event in your community.
Visit www.firesmartcanada.ca to apply.
Applications are due March 9th at 4:00 pm.
Unless conditions change, you can expect your next wildfire update on March 8th, 2019.
If you have any questions please contact
Wildfire Information Officer