Edson Area Update

Edson Forest Area Wildfire Update - September 26, 2022

Posted on Mon, Sep 26, 2022


Areas of exposed dry grass and fine fuels are still a concern and any spark, friction or hot exhaust can easily start a wildfire even when the temperatures are cooler. All campfires, regardless of their size, must be fully extinguished.

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

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If you're having a warming fire during your hunt, ensure you fully extinguish it when you're done.


The wildfire danger is now overall HIGH in the Edson Forest Area, except in the eastern portion where the danger is VERY HIGH. To view the fire danger forecast map, click here.


Since January 1, 2022, there have been 92 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 47 ha. 

EWF075 was detected on Aug 21 and is classified as under control, which means that the fire is fully contained and will be extinguished. The fire is located approximately 24 km southwest of Grande Cache in Willmore Wilderness Park and firefighters can only access it by helicopter. It's estimated to be 4.0 ha in size. 

This wildfire does not threaten any community at this time and was determined to be caused by lightning. To learn more about the classification of wildfires, please click here.

To view the wildfires on a map, check out the new wildfire dashboard. It provides up-to-date wildfire information at the click of a button. This interactive tool displays important statistics on the number of active wildfires in the province, sizes, locations, suspected causes and more.


Since January 1, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 1,128 wildfires burning a total of 144,919 ha.

Last year on this date, there had been 1,250 wildfires that burnt a total of 53,973 ha. In the past 5 years on this date, an average of 1,062 wildfires burnt an average of 190,162 ha.


For information on this wildfire, view updates from Jasper National Park on social media by clicking here or subscribe to their information bulletin by clicking here


Warming fires are common this time of year and firefighters often find unattended or abandoned fires each year. If you're having a warming fire during your hunt, please be familiar with building it and proper extinguishment.

Use an existing fire receptacle if possible, otherwise, choose a location that's on level ground, sheltered from the wind and is on bare mineral soil. If you build your fire on peat or top soil, you risk creating a deep burning fire that could be challenging to extinguish. Keep it away from dry grass, leaves or branches and keep water close by. 

Before you leave, ensure you fully extinguished the fire, otherwise it could smoulder under ground for days or even weeks and re-surface when the conditions are right for a wildfire. Your fire isn't fully extinguished until the burnt wood and ashes are cool to the touch.

To learn more about campfire safety, visit our website by clicking here

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Fighting wildfires is a demanding but rewarding experience. Protect Alberta’s communities and forests by becoming a wildland firefighter. If you believe in teamwork, safety and dedication to fitness, this is the position for you!

To learn more about what AB Wildfire has to offer, visit our website by clicking here.

To apply, visit the Government of Alberta jobs website by clicking here. Search for Wildfire or Wildfire Crew.


Wildfire season in Alberta is from March 1 until October 31. 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 or you can request your permit using the new, convenient online fire permit portal.

We ask that you plan ahead, there may be delays for a forest officer to visit your site. For more information regarding fire permits, you can view our video by clicking here.


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
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