We ask that you use caution when you recreate or work in the outdoors and keep watch over your surroundings. If you suspect a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.
EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE
The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is LOW. There are currently no active wildfires.
Since March 1, 2020, there have been 17 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning approximately 1.33 ha.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
There are currently nine wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Five of these wildfires are under control and four have been turned over to the responsible parties.
Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 243 wildfires burning a total of 429.39 ha.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT
In response to recent precipitation in many areas of the province, the fire ban in the Forest Protection Area has been revoked and a fire advisory has been put on in its place.
A fire advisory means Albertans in the Forest Protection Area can safely enjoy the use of a fire pit in their backyard, charcoal briquettes on a barbecue, or a safe campfire.
- safe wood campfires on public land, private land or in provincial campgrounds as long as they are inside an engineered campfire ring
- backyard fire pits
- charcoal briquette barbecues
- use of propane, natural gas or powered appliance
- catalytic or infrared-style heaters
- safe burning with a permit
- recreational off-highway vehicle use
- burning (excluding campfires) without a permit
- unattended or unsafe campfires
Restrictions can be phased back in as necessary to address wildfire risk area-by-area, allowing Albertans the freedom to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. We will re-evaluate daily.
We expect this fire advisory to reduce the number of human-caused wildfires in Alberta, while allowing Albertans to enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible.
Stay tuned to www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
FIRESMART YOUR PROPERTY
Firesmart practices are becoming a way of life for many communities in North America. With so many neighborhoods being threatened by wildfire each year, residents are taking action and reducing the risk to their homes and properties.
Spring is a great time to get your property Firesmart-ready, here are a few easy tasks you can tackle this weekend:
Remove leaves, pine needles and other debris from your roof and gutters.
Mow grass and weeds within 10 meters of the house to 10 cm or less.
Clear all dead plants, leaves and weeds within 10 meters of the house. Maintain a 1.5 metre noncombustible zone around your home and deck by sweeping or raking down to mineral soil, rock or concrete.
Move combustible items such as toys, patio furniture, cushions and firewood that are on or under your deck and within 10 meters of any structure into your home, garage or other permanent storage.
To find out how you can be part of a Firesmart community or for general information, please visit their website by clicking here or watch this quick video by clicking on the play button.
Alberta wildland firefighters are practicing social distancing while doing a safety briefing with the pilot before a loaded patrol.
WILDFIRE PREVENTION TIPS
- Clear debris from hot spots on your off-highway vehicle.
- 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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