WILDFIRE HAZARD UPDATE
Hot, dry, windy conditions are mixing to increase the wildfire hazard to very high for the Whitecourt Forest Area. Although the mornings are cool and damp by the afternoon, fine materials, like grasses and shrubs, are dry. A wildfire that starts in grass or slash can develop into a high-intensity wildfire very easily today.
See today's wildfire hazard map here.
SMOKE IN THE AIR
If you are experiencing respiratory difficulties as a result of smoke from a wildfire, visit Alberta Health Services or call 811 for 24-hour health advice.
DO YOUR PART TO PREVENT WILDFIRES
Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it is completely extinguished before you leave it by soaking it, stirring it and soaking it again. If you are riding an Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV), before after and during your ride, check the hotspots and remove the build-up of mud, grass and branches.
ARE YOU HUNTING THIS FALL?
- Never leave a fire unattended - a violation ticket of $287 can be issued.
- Completely extinguish the campfire before you leave it. Do this by soaking it, stirring it and soaking it again. You will know it's out when the ashes are cool to the touch and there is no steam or smoke. Learn more.
WILDFIRE SITUATION - September 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Whitecourt Forest Area
There are no wildfires in the Whitecourt Forest Area. Since the start of the 2017 wildfire season, there have been 26 wildfires that have burned 11.41 hectares in the Forest Area.
Province of Alberta
There are currently 18 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
- 1 wildfire has a status of out of control, 8 are being held, 7 are under control and 2 have been turned over to the responsible parties.
Since March 1, 2017, Alberta has recorded 1,148 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 26,696.94 hectares. For information visit the provincial wildfire status map.
- Whitecourt patrolman at 780-778-1590 or
- Whitecourt Fire Centre at 780-778-7272
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION WHEN YOU NEED IT
To report a wildfire in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, call 310-FIRE (3473).
Unless conditions change, your next wildfire update will be at 11:00 a.m. on September 8, 2017.
Wildfire Information Officer
Whitecourt Forest Area