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.
For the safety and security of the public and our staff, we ask that individuals keep a respectful distance from our facilities. Please do not approach lookout towers and firebases.
Wildland firefighters continuously train with the use of multiple hand tools including chainsaws.
EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE
The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is HIGH. There are currently no active wildfires.
Since March 1, 2020, there have been 26 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning approximately 2.0 ha.
PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE
There are currently eight wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. Five of these wildfires are under control and three have been turned over to the responsible parties.
Since March 1 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 391 wildfires burning a total of 741.65 ha.
Fire Danger Rating: low to moderate becoming very high in the southern slopes.
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
IF YOU PLAN TO BURN IT, GET YOUR PERMIT
If you plan on burning within the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of a cooking or heating fire, you must contact your local forestry office to request a fire permit. You can click here for a listing of forestry offices near you. Why should you get a permit?
A permit helps us keep track of burning in the area, and more importantly, smoke and flame.
When lookout observers report smoke, having a permit means firefighters aren't dispatched unnecessarily when they could be needed elsewhere.
Getting a permit is a chance for a reminder of safe burning techniques.
To request a permit within the Edson Forest Area, call 780-723-8527.
Have you ever considered a career in wildfire? Visit our website for information on what we have to offer and how you can apply! wildfire.alberta.ca/recruitment/
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
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