Edson Area Update

Edson Forest Area Wildfire Update - February 7, 2022 (4:00 p.m)

Posted on Mon, Feb 07, 2022



Please be advised that the area is expecting warm temperatures and strong gusty west winds of up to 90 km/h. These conditions may melt the snow quickly and expose dry debris. Wind can blow embers into nearby fuels and cause a wildfire. Use extra caution if burning. Ensure that you monitor weather conditions and have sufficient firefighting equipment nearby.

Ensure you fully extinguish your burns once you are done. Winter burns can smoulder under the ground and snow for weeks and resurface as a wildfire when conditions are right.

Starting March 1, a fire permit will be required for all burning, with the exception of a campfire in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

7 Feb 7 2nd Post EWF001 EWF001 was reported on February 7, 2022 and is located 32 km south of Hinton. 


The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area remains LOW.


EWF001 was reported on February 7, 2022 and has now been turned over to the responsible party. This means that they will monitor its progress until it is fully extinguished.

The fire continues to smoulder in mostly open and some forested area. However, it is not expected to grow under current conditions. The wildfire is estimated to be five ha in size and located 32 km south of Hinton and 11 km north of Cadomin.

AB wildfire firefighters, industry representatives and heavy equipment are on scene assessing the fire. 

There are no communities being affected by the wildfire at this time.


Fire season starts in less then a month and now may be a good time to plan your burning projects. Starting March 1, fire permits are required for any burning, except campfires, in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.

Following safe burning practices will help prevent holdover fires that can start spring wildfires. Although snow helps reduce the risk of the fire burning into the ground, we recommend that you check regularly all fall and winter burn sites to ensure that the fire is out. Walk the burn area and roll over any debris to check for hot spots. The best way to find hotspots is to look for visible signs of burning such as melting snow around the edges, touch the burn area with your hands and smell for smoke. 

Here are a few things to consider when burning this winter:

-Monitor wind and snow levels as they may change suddenly. Wind can pick up sparks or embers and start a wildfire if the conditions are right.

-Ensure you have sufficient firefighting equipment at the burn site.

-As with any burning, do not attempt to burn more than you can control.

-Actively manage burn projects to reduce disposal time and smoke impacts. Continually re-pile if needed. Burning debris in stages will allow you to adapt to changing weather conditions and reduce smoke. Lower temperatures and lighter wind speeds can result in stronger inversions. The ideal conditions for burning are typically days with no inversions, average temperatures and a slight wind.

-Please don’t hesitate to consult with local municipalities, Alberta Transportation or Alberta Wildfire on how to mitigate impacts when undertaking larger winter burning projects near communities or roadways. You can also visit alberta.ca for additional information.

-All burn piles must be fully extinguished before the start of wildfire season.

To assist the Edson Forest Area, please report your winter burning by contacting the dispatch line directly (780) 723-8507 (leave a voice message) or by email at wf.wfops-edsn@gov.ab.ca with the following:

  • name of landowner burning or company and representative name.

  • phone number in case of emergency.

  • legal land description or latitude/longitude.

For more information regarding winter burning, you can view our video by clicking here or viewing our Brush Piles and Windrows information pamphlet.

Prevent Spring Wildfires Video (edson) cropped


Since January 1, 2022, there has been one wildfire in the Edson Forest Area.

2021 - EWF075 is UNDER CONTROL. The wildfire was detected in 2021 and is located 9 km west of Evansburg, north of highway 16 and west of highway 22. The wildfire is 175 hectares in size and is currently under investigation. There is no threat to any communities at this time. The wildfire will be monitored as needed until they are classified as extinguished. To understand what the wildfire classifications mean, visit our website by clicking here.

To view the wildfires on a map, download the new AB Wildfire Status App.


Since January 1, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area, there has been one wildfire.  

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

Start of wildfire season 2022


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For more information, please contact:

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