Whitecourt Area Update

Fire Permits Required March 1, 2019 - Whitecourt Forest Area - Feb. 27, 2019

Posted on Thu, Feb 21, 2019

 
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2019 WILDFIRE SEASON BEGINS MARCH 1
 
Cold, snowy conditions make it hard to believe the official start of the wildfire season is almost here. As of March 1, fire permits will be required for any burning (except campfires) in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
 
To get your free fire permit in the Whitecourt Forest Area, call 780-778-7166.
 
Read more about the official start of the wildfire season here

 

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CHECK WINTER BURN SITES

Before March 1, please go back and check you winter burn sites. If you have not already reported your winter burn sites, please call into our office to let us know where you burned. 

Report your winter burn site by calling 780-778-7272

Make sure your winter burn site is out:

  • Start by spreading out the remaining material within the pile, using heavy equipment if necessary. You are looking for hotspots, or areas of burning material. Remember to dig down into the soil to make sure the fire has not burnt downwards; it can be useful to use a metal probe.
  • Once you find a hotspot, soak it, stir it and then soak it again. Repeat the process until it is cool to the touch.

  • Repeat the spreading and digging one last time. Walk the ash pit looking for hotspots and extinguish as needed. 

A properly extinguished burn site needs work and time, meaning multiple visits. Please help us prevent spring wildfires by checking and extinguishing your site(s). Learn more about safe winter burning practices and brush pile and windrow burning

 


GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP FIRESMART YOUR PROPERTY!

Spring conditions might seem a long way away, but we know it will eventually be here. During those first few weeks of spring, many of us can found outside, cleaning our yards, making them FireSmartNow you can get help! Apply for a grant to help you and your neighborhood become FireSmart! 

  • Applications are now being accepted for the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.
  • Grants can be up to $500, learn more.
  • Your application deadline is March 9, 2019.

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You can visit FireSmart Canada on Facebook and Twitter.


 
Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be on March 1, 2019. 
 
 
Shannon Stambaugh
Wildfire Information Officer
Phone: 780.706.5336
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