A fire restriction remains in effect for the Edson Forest Area.
Please be cautious when working or recreating in the outdoors. Be mindful of hot exhaust, spark or friction. Keep watch of your surroundings and ensure your activities or equipment does not start a wildfire.
If you see smoke or flame and suspect it's a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.
Alberta wildfire firefighters have been busy extinguishing multiple lightning-caused fires in our forest area.
NEW WILDFIRE DETECTIONS
One new wildfire was detected today.
EWF109 was discovered today at 12 noon at 0.01 ha and is now EXTINGUISHED. The cause of the wildfire was determined to be lightning.
There are no communities being affected by any wildfires in our forest area at this time.
Many of the recent wildfires are believed to have been caused by lightning strikes that have occurred over the past week. These types of wildfires can smolder deep into the ground for days or even weeks and flare when the conditions are right.
We would like to remind everyone, if you see smoke or flame in the forest, call 310-FIRE.
To view the wildfires on a map, download the new AB Wildfire Status App.
To understand what the wildfire classifications mean, visit our website by clicking here.
EDSON FOREST AREA FIRE DANGER RATING
The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area remains VERY HIGH.
Wildfire smoke may be affecting residents in our forest area. The smoke over our area is not produced by any current wildfires in Alberta. For those of you wondering what location the smoke is coming from, visit FireSmoke.ca. The service can produce forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of smoke from wildfires up to 48 hours in advance.
If you have smoke related health concerns, please contact Alberta 811 or visit their website by clicking here.
EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1, 2021, there have been 108 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 815 ha. To date, 75% of the wildfires in our forest area have been human-caused and could have been prevented.
EWF108 is now BEING HELD which means that given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries. The fire is located 33 km north west of Edson, 2 km south of the Emerson (A) Road and 16 km west of the Amoco/North Road. The fire was reassessed and is 6 ha in size. There are currently 30 firefighters, one helicopters and three water trucks assigned to this wildfire. The cause of the wildfire was determined to be lightning.
EWF105 is UNDER CONTROL at 1.70 ha.
EWF093 and EWF094 are both located 12 km north of Cynthia and 73 km south east of Edson on the east side of highway 753. The fires are 2.5 km from each other. EWF094 remains UNDER CONTROL and is 1.5 ha in size. EWF093 is also UNDER CONTROL and is 43 ha in size. There are 10 firefighters and one helicopter assigned to this wildfire. The cause of these wildfires was determined to be lightning.
EWF075 was detected on June 22 and is UNDER CONTROL. The wildfire is located 9 km west of Evansburg, north of highway 16 and west of highway 22. The wildfire is 175 hectares in size. No new growth has been reported since the evening of June 22. Firefighters from across the province are searching for and extinguishing hotspots. They will remain vigilant until the wildfire is fully extinguished.
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 monitor for hotspots until it is determined to be fully extinguished.
The wildfires pose no threat to any communities at this time. The cause of the wildfires are currently under investigation (unless stated).
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 743 wildfires burning a total of 5,480 ha.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
To view the Ministerial Order: https://wildfire.alberta.ca/wildfire-status/ministerial-orders.aspx
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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