If you are having a campfire, ensure that you fully extinguish your fire. Soak the ashes, stir them and soak them again until they are cool to the touch. A campfire can burn into the ground, resurfacing later and cause a wildfire.
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.
If you see smoke or flame and suspect it's a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.
Crews are working to extinguish open flame and hotspots on EWF049 today.
Wildfire EWF049 was detected on May 22 and is located along highway 751 north of Nojack near the community of Mackay. The wildfire is now classified as being held, which means that given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past its expected boundaries.
The wildfire is now estimated to be 10 hectares in size.
10 firefighters are currently working to contain the wildfire, extinguishing hotspots and open flame.
The cause of the wildfire is under investigation.
Always ensure you fully extinguish your campfire and never leave it unattended.
EDSON FOREST AREA FIRE DANGER RATING
The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area remains LOW.
EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 50 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 564 ha. As of today, 98% of our wildfires were human-caused which could have been prevented.
Wildfire EWF051 was detected on May 22 is located 17 km north west of Edson and is 0.10 ha in size. The wildfire is classified as under control which means that the fire is completely contained and will be extinguished.
Wildfire EWF036 was detected on April 30 and is estimated to be 479 ha in size. The wildfire remains classified as under control and is located 20 km south of Carrot Creek, 25 km north west of Cynthia and 45 km south east of Edson.
Crews will continue to search for hotspots and monitor the fire until it's classified as extinguished.
Both wildfires pose no threat to any community at this time. The cause of these wildfires is currently under investigation.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 325 wildfires burning a total of 1,048 ha.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
FIRESMART TASK OF THE WEEK
FireSmart is becoming a well-adapted way of life for many communities in North America. With so many neighborhoods being threatened by wildfire each year, residents are taking action and reducing the risk to their homes and properties.
Spring is a great time to get your property Firesmart ready, here is one easy task you can tackle this week and throughout the summer.
To learn more about FireSmart, visit their website: https://www.firesmartcanada.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.
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