Wildfire season is fast approaching and all fall and winter burns must be fully extinguished by March 1st. During wildfire season, you are required to obtain a fire permit if you plan on burning in the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of a campfire.
Be advised that the area is expected to see extended periods of moderate west-south west winds (20-30 G45-50 km/h) and warmer temperatures for this coming weekend. Some parts of the region has little or no snow on the ground and exposed grass. There is a greater risk of your fire escaping in these conditions.
We ask that you continue to use caution at all times when working and recreating in the outdoors and keep watch of your surroundings. Exposed cured dry grass can ignite easily and burn quickly. If you suspect a wildfire, please report it to 310 FIRE.
WILDFIRE SEASON STARTS MARCH 1st
If you plan on burning within the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of a cooking or heating fire, please contact your local Forestry Office to request a fire permit. You can click here for a listing of Forestry Offices near you.
For the Edson Forest Area, contact (780) 723-8527.
Alberta Wildfire is accepting applications for various wildfire positions for this coming wildfire season. If you or someone you know loves the outdoors and believes in teamwork, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry may have a job for you! Visit our "Recruitment" link.
Lookout Observers, Wildfire Radio Dispatchers, Camp Managers, Airtanker Base Supervisors and Loaders.
MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE BURNING OPERATIONS
Please be advised that Mountain Pine Beetle survey and control operations are underway. You can expect to see smoke or flame in the forest in some areas.
There are two ares of control this year in our area. One is located 30 km's S & SE of Edson. The other is scattered east of the community of Grande Cache. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact the Information Officer at (780) 723-8500.
To learn more about Mountain Pine Beetle, visit out website by clicking here.
We want to remind the public that other industries are also conducting burning projects during this time.
EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE | WILDFIRE SEASON 2020
The Edson Forest Area currently has 0 active wildfires.
Since January 1, 2020, there has been 1 wildfire in the Edson Forest Area which burnt approximately 0.01 ha.
To learn more on how you can prevent wildfires, visit wildfire.alberta.ca.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE | WILDFIRE SEASON 2020
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
WILDFIRE PREVENTION TIPS
- Get a permit if you're within the Forest Protection Area and you plan on burning with the exception of a campfire. For permit information, Click Here.
- 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