We ask that you use caution when you recreate or work in the outdoors and keep watch over your surroundings. Ensure you fully extinguish your campfire and never leave it unattended. 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 eight wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. One of these wildfires is being held, three are under control and four have been turned over to the responsible parties.
Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 246 wildfires burning a total of 429.55 ha.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT
Due to reduced wildfire hazard, advanced operational preparedness and favourable weather conditions in many areas of the province, the fire ban in the Forest Protection Area has now been revoked and a fire advisory has been put in place.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
- 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
Permits may not be issued as usual under a fire advisory. These precautions were put in place as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response plan to avoid multiple disasters at a time when resources may be limited. Two hundred additional fire fighters were hired and are now trained and positioned to respond to new wildfire starts.
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.
FOREST PROTECTION AREA OF ALBERTA
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for all aspects of wildfire management within the Forest Protection Area (FPA) of Alberta. This includes wildfire prevention, wildfire response, permit issuance, enforcement and the initiation of fire advisories, restrictions, bans and forest area closures. Authority for these actions is granted under the Forest and Prairie Protection Act and supporting regulations.
The FPA covers approximately 62% of the province, and is divided into 10 Forest Areas. Each Forest Area manages their own fire centre, fire bases, airtanker bases and wildfire lookouts. Resources are moved throughout the areas as required, and coordinated through the Alberta Wildfire Coordination Centre in Edmonton.
Note that cities, towns, villages and summer villages, even if embedded within the FPA, are outside of Agriculture and Forestry’s jurisdiction. The local municipality or governing authority is responsible wildfire management on their land base. In the Edson Forest Area, only the towns of Edson and Hinton is excluded from the FPA.
To find out more about wildfire or the FPA, visit our website: wildfire.alberta.ca
Alberta wildland firefighter waiting for the helicopter to take the crew to the next location.
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
For more information, please contact: