Edson Area Update

Edson Forest Area Wildfire Update - June 5, 2021

Posted on Sat, Jun 05, 2021


A fire advisory is in effect for the Edson Forest Area. Please be cautious and keep watch of your surroundings when working or recreating outdoors.

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. All fire permits except for burn barrels and essential industrial burning are currently suspended.

If you're having a campfire, ensure you have plenty of water nearby and always properly extinguish it before you leave. Soak the ashes, stir them and soak them again until they're cool to the touch. Never leave your campfire unattended.

If you see smoke or flame and suspect it's a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.


53 June 4 JFR StartsThe Junior Forest Ranger leaders have recently arrived in our area and are ready to plan a summer full of work experience and training opportunities for the members!


The Rocky Mountain House Forest Area is conducting a prescribed burn in the Chungo Area between June 2-7. Smoke may be visible to the south of our forest area.

For more information, please visit their update. https://srd.web.alberta.ca/rocky-mountain-house-area-update.

Fire Advisory 1

A fire advisory is in effect for the Edson Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to dry fuels, expected warm temperatures, low relative humidity and increased wind speeds. Dry grass and crops are very hazardous and could ignite easily from any spark, friction or hot exhaust. Use extreme caution when working outdoors such as welding, grinding and operating equipment.

All fire permits except for burn barrels and essential industrial burning are suspended. No new permits will be issued until the area receives sufficient precipitation.

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.


The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is now VERY HIGH.


Since March 1, 2021, there have been 58 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 570 ha. As of today, 98% of our wildfires were human-caused which could have been prevented. 

EWF056 was detected on June 1 and is located 12 km north of Cynthia on the east side of highway 753. The fire is 8.5 ha in size and classified as under control.

EWF049 was detected on May 22 and is located along highway 751 north of Nojack near the community of Mackay. The wildfire is now 8.60 ha in size and classified as under control.

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 wildfires until they are extinguished.

None of these wildfire pose a threat to any community at this time. The cause of these wildfires is currently under investigation.


Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 470 wildfires burning a total of 1,222 ha.  

For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca


Since 1965, Junior Forest Rangers (JFR) is proud to offer Albertan youth the opportunity to get started in a career related to natural resource management and forestry.

All JFR crews live on wildfire bases or in JFR camps for the duration of the seven week program. Crew members and leaders stay with their crew 24 hours a day, seven days a week and complete a wide variety of work and educational projects based on natural resources.

All crews consist of six crew members (16-18 years old) from across the provinces and two crew leaders. This summer experience is challenging, unique, and rewarding.

The program is based on four curriculum elements: stewardship, leadership, partnership and traditional ecological knowledge. Each JFR crew, whether camp based or community based, has a specific curriculum focus.

To learn more about the Junior Forest Rangers, visit their website: https://alis.alberta.ca/junior-forest-rangers/


Using FireSmart principles is becoming a way of life for many communities in North America. With so many neighborhoods threatened by wildfire each year, residents are taking action and reducing the risk to their homes and properties.

Spring is a great time to make 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/

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Albertans are always asked to use caution when working or recreating in the outdoors:  


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For more information, please contact:

Caroline Charbonneau
Wildfire Information Officer | Edson Forest Area
Cell:  780-740-1341