We urge everyone to use caution when working and recreating outdoors. Never leave your campfire unattended. Soak your campfire, stir the ashes and soak it again until it is cool to the touch.
During wildfire season, you are required to have a fire permit if you plan on burning in the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of a campfire. To request your free fire permit, contact the local forest area: (780) 723-8527.
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.
If you see smoke or flame and suspect it's a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.
Warm temperatures and wind will melt snow quickly and expose dried grass and woody debris. Wind can blow embers into dry grass and can cause these fuels to catch easily and burn quickly which could start a wildfire. If you are doing any burning, ensure you monitor the weather forecast and follow your burn permit conditions.
EDSON FOREST AREA FIRE DANGER RATING
The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is now LOW.
EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 32 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 64 ha.
EWF028 was detected on April 16 and is now under control. The wildfire is approximately 22 km north of Edson, located approximately 3 km south of Emerson Creek Rd and 3 km west of the Amaco Road. This fire poses no threat to any community at this time. The estimated size of the fire is 35 ha. Crews will continue to search for any remaining hotspots and extinguish them. The fire will be monitored until it is classified as extinguished. The cause of the wildfire is still under investigation.
EWF033 was detected on April 21 and is under control and 0.67 ha in size. Located approximately 4 km north east of Hinton, the fire was reported by a recreationalist. Fortunately Alberta wildfire firefighters and the Town of Hinton firefighters arrived on scene to contained the wildfire. The fire will be monitored until it is classified as extinguished.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 125 wildfires burning a total of 116 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
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