Whitecourt Area Update

Whitecourt Forest Area Wildfire Hazard Update - June 25, 2017

Posted on Sun, Jun 25, 2017

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WILDFIRE HAZARD UPDATE

Due to warm temperatures and strong, gusting wind, the wildfire hazard is now high in the Whitecourt Forest Area. The wind will be southeast in direction at 25 kilometers per hour gusting to 45 kilometers per hour. The forecast for tomorrow is for the warm, windy weather to continue.

Burning activities are not recommended when the wind speed is above 15 kilometers per hour. Please abide by the conditions on your fire permit.

 

WILDFIRE UPDATE 10:00 a.m., June 25, 2017

There are no active wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area

Since the start of the 2017 wildfire season, there have been 15 wildfires that have burned 10.01 hectares in the Whitecourt Forest Area.

 

PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE 10:00 a.m., June 25, 2017

Currently, in the Province of Alberta, there are three wildfires classified as under control and two have been turned over to the responsible party.

Since March 1, 2017, Alberta has recorded 545 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 2,184.17 hectares.  For information visit the provincial wildfire status map.

 

 

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HANDY TIPS WHEN HAVING A CAMPFIRE

  • Select your site - use a designated stove, ring or fire pit if possible. Use sites clear of dry grass, bushes, leave branches and other flammable vegetation.
  • Prepare your campfire - have the right tools including a shovel, axe and enough water to fully extinguish your campfire.
  • Extinguish your campfire - soak it, stir it, soak it again. Using your bare hand, feel for heat coming from the ashes, it should be cool to the touch.

Leaving a campfire unattended will result in a fine of $287 under the Forest Prairie and Protection Act. If an individual does not properly extinguish a fire and it starts a wildfire they can be charged up to $100,000 or face imprisonment for up to two years. Read more here.

Learn more about the changes made to the Forest Prairie and Protection Act by visiting fppa.alberta.ca.

 

 

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WILDFIRE PREVENTION TIPS FOR USING AN OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE

  • Remove debris - keep 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.

Read more here

 

FIRE PERMITS

A free fire permit is required for all burning (except for campfires) within the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. To get started call:

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

A fine of $287 now exists for failure to produce a fire permit when requested by a forest officer, read more here or visit fppa.alberta.ca.

 

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

 

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

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

 

Stay current on Alberta's wildfire situation by downloading the Alberta Wildfire mobile app for Android or Apple products. Check out the Alberta Wildfire Blog: blog.wildfire.alberta.ca. You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
 
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