During wildfire season, you are required to obtain a fire permit if you plan on burning in the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of a campfire. At this time, no new permits will be issued until dry fuel and weather conditions improve.
There have been several wildfires caused by burning without a permit in our area. If you are found burning without a fire permit, you may be fined $600 or more.
We are urging everyone to use extreme caution when doing any burning. Wind can blow embers into dry grass and can cause these fuels to catch easily and burn quickly which could start a wildfire. Ensure you monitor the weather forecast, have adequate tools and water at your site and adhere to your burn permit conditions.
If you see smoke or flame and suspect it's a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT
A fire advisory is in effect for the Edson Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to dry fuels, expected warm temperatures, and increased wind speeds.
There will be no changes to existing fire permits but no new permits will be issued until dry fuel and weather conditions improve.
The public and residents in the Edson Forest Area can continue to use a fire pit, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue, or a safe campfire and recreational off-highway vehicles.
The fire advisory will remain in place until conditions improve.
Stay tuned to www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
As the wildfire danger increases, we ask that you use additional caution when working and recreating outdoors.
EDSON FOREST AREA FIRE DANGER RATING
The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is HIGH except in the Grande Cache area where the wildfire danger is MODERATE.
EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE
There are currently three active wildfires in the area. All three have been turned over to the responsible party.
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 21 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 17.84 ha.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 55 wildfires burning a total of 46.93 ha.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
WILDFIRE PREVENTION TIPS
Albertans are always asked to use caution when working or recreating in the outdoors:
Before you burn it, get your fire permit. Fire permits in Alberta.
Clear debris from hot spots on your off-highway vehicle.
Ensure your campfire is out - soak it, stir it, soak it again.
Before you head out this weekend, check out the albertafirebans.ca website or download the app to stay informed.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
- Subscribe to the Edson Forest Area wildfire update to receive an email when new information is posted.
- Download the Alberta Wildfire App for Apple and Android device.
- Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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