Whitecourt Area Update

High Wildfire Danger Continues - Whitecourt Forest Area - Oct. 21, 2018

Posted on Sun, Oct 21, 2018

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WILDFIRE DANGER
 

Dry conditions continue today; when combined with the large areas of dead, dry grass across the Whitecourt Forest Area, a high wildfire danger is the result. Under these conditions, a wildfire can start easily, and spread quickly. Wildfires fed by dry grass are erratic in the way they grow, making them particularly hard to control.

When out working or recreating in forested areas, please take the necessary precautions to prevent a wildfire. 

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Image: forested area north of Fox Creek, Alberta

Please consider postponing all non-essential burning until conditions improve. If you have a fire permit, please follow the conditions on the permit.


WILDFIRE SITUATION (1000hrs)

Whitecourt Forest Area (as of Oct. 5, 2018)

  • There are wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area.
  • Since March 1, 2018, there have been 52 wildfires; with a total area burnt of 14.00 hectares.

Find out more information on wildfires across the Forest Protection Area of Alberta on the Alberta Wildfire status map.


FIRE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED

Until October 31, free fire permits are required for any burning (except campfires) within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Permits help firefighters know where planned burning is taking place, leaving them ready to respond to new wildfires.

If you need a fire permit in the Whitecourt Forest Area, call 780-778-7272.

If you burn without a permit, or outside of the permit conditions, your fire is a wildfire. Learn more.


HELP PREVENT WILDFIRE

Campfires and off-highway vehicles can start wildfires, follow these tips to reduce the risk:


FIRESMART BUILDS RESILIENCY

Regular fall chores of cleaning roofs, eaves, and lawns makes your property. Find our more ways you can make your property FireSmart.

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Do your own FireSmart home assessment today! You can also watch the newest video on the Home Ignition Zone:

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Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update email will be on Oct. 22, 2018.  
 
Note: Please check the wildfire app for daily updates. 
 
Shannon Stambaugh
Wildfire Information Officer
Phone: 780.706.5336
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