Edson Area Update

Edson Forest Area Wildfire Update - June 26, 2021

Posted on Sat, Jun 26, 2021


A fire restriction is in effect for the Edson Forest Area.

A fire restriction prohibits the use of wood campfires on public land. You may have a campfire inside provincial campgrounds and on private property. Fire permits are now cancelled and no new permits will be issued until conditions improve.

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

Fire Restriction wide

A FIRE RESTRICTION is in place for portions of the Edson Forest Area due to hot and dry conditions, which will increase the fire danger.

Under this restriction:

  • Existing fire permits are suspended;
  • All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer;
  • Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.


  • Wood campfires on public land
  • Fireworks and exploding targets


  • Wood campfires on private land
  • Wood campfires within provincial campgrounds in a designated campfire ring
  • Backyard fire pits on private land
  • Charcoal briquette barbeques
  • Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
  • Indoor wood fires
  • Open flame oil devices

The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve.

For more information regarding the fire ban system, visit our website: https://wildfire.alberta.ca/prevention/fire-ban-system.aspx

or you can visit: https://www.albertafirebans.ca/

To view the Ministerial Order:  https://wildfire.alberta.ca/wildfire-status/documents/MinisterialOrder-016-2021.pdf

70 EWF075 June 26Firefighters are searching for and extinguishing hotspots on EWF075  (June 26, 2021)


Wildfire EWF075 was detected on June 22 is now BEING HELD. This means that under current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries. The wildfire is located 9 km west of Evansburg, north of highway 16 and west of highway 22. The wildfire is 180 hectares in size. 

No new growth has been reported since the evening of June 22. There is some open flame in the inside of the perimeter of the fire and an increase in fire activity is observed due to the wind and hot temperatures. The fire is mostly smoldering on the ground but at times flares in unburnt tree stands that remain in the interior. 

The temperature at the fire is currently 31 C and the relative humidity is 30%. Winds are from the west, ranging 7 - 12km/h. The fire did not receive any precipitation.

Firefighters from across the province arrived yesterday to expedite the containment and suppression of the wildfire. Today, 88 firefighters will continue to reinforce the containment line, search for and extinguish hotspots with the assistance of four helicopters. Tomorrow, firefighters and helicopters will continue with similar operations until the wildfire is fully extinguished.

Six pieces of heavy equipment are on standby if needed.


The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area remains VERY HIGH.


Since March 1, 2021, there have been 76 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 755 ha. As of today, 92% of our wildfires were human-caused which could have been prevented. 

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 wildfire until it is extinguished. The wildfire poses no threat to any community at this time. The cause of the wildfire is currently under investigation.


Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 583 wildfires burning a total of 1,575 ha.  

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


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