Whitecourt Area Update

Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Update- May 24, 2017

Posted on Tue, May 23, 2017

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WILDFIRE HAZARD UPDATE

A significant amount of rain has fallen and will continue to fall across the Whitecourt Forest Area. The wildfire hazard is now low.

If you see smoke in the forest call 310-FIRE(3473).

 

WILDFIRE SITUATION UPDATE

There is one active wildfire in the Whitecourt Forest Area.

WWF009 is currently under control at 0.2 hectares in size and is not threatening any communities. Firefighters will work with the rain to extinguish the wildfire.

Since the start of the 2017 wildfire season, there have been nine wildfires that have burned 0.33 hectares in the Whitecourt Forest Area.

For information on the wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfire.alberta.ca

 

FIRE PERMITS

As of March 1, a free fire permit is required for all burning (except for campfires) within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Get started by calling:

  • Whitecourt patrolman at 780-778-1590 or
  • Whitecourt Fire Centre at 780-778-7272

As of March 31, 2017 new penalties now exist for failure to produce a fire permit when requested by a forest officer, read more here.

 

 

OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES CAN START WILDFIRES

Exhaust systems can heat up to temperatures in excess of 204 degrees Celsius - hot enough to fry an egg, melt your pants or start a wildfire. At these temperatures, grass, moss, branches or other debris that have built up on your machine can heat up, smoulder and ignite - fall off the machine and start a wildfire.

Prevent a wildfire with these easy tips:

  • Remove debris - keeping your machine debris free by checking it before, during and after a ride.
  • Strategic parking - park your OHV on bare mineral soil if possible, do not park it in areas of dead, dry grass. 
  • Exit and check - when possible, drive out on the path you drove in on. This will help you check for fires that may have started.

 

 

NEWS FROM ALBERTA WILDFIRE

Enhancements were made to the Forest and Prairie Protection Act (FPPA) regulations on March 31, 2017. Learn about the changes and the associated fines here.

 

Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be on May 26, 2017.

Shannon Stambaugh
Wildfire Information Officer
Whitecourt Forest Area
Mobile: 780-706-5336
Email: shannon.stambaugh@gov.ab.ca

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