Edson Area Update

Edson Forest Area Wildfire Update - June 13, 2022

Posted on Mon, Jun 13, 2022

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Help keep Alberta's forest safe and ensure you fully extinguish your campfire. Soak the ashes, stir them and soak them again until they're cool to the touch. Never leave your campfire unattended.

Do not burn in windy conditions and always adhere to your permit. Dry grass can catch easily and burn very quickly. Any spark, friction or hot exhaust can easily start a wildfire.

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

29 June 12 DispatchersOur AB Wildfire dispatchers are an essential part of our team. Their work includes transmitting, receiving, relaying and recording messages and communications between various groups and entities with the Forestry Division, as well as handling radio communications with aircraft operating on government business.


EDSON FOREST AREA FIRE DANGER RATING

The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is now LOW thanks to significant precipitation and lower temperatures.


FARM AND ACREAGE PRACTICES FOR WILDFIRE PREVENTION

BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS

You can apply any of the vegetation management strategies to granaries, barns and outbuildings to reduce the threat of wildfire. If you cannot easily get into these areas to mow the grass, livestock can do a good job of cleaning up for you. Remember to manage vegetation in old corrals and unused corners of your yard. Mowing, grazing, weed-eating, treating with herbicide or gravelling are all ways you can manage this vegetation. Manage vegetation around dugouts and other water sources as well. This reduces the fire hazard and helps provide ready access for firefighters and their equipment. Keep these areas free of equipment, batteries, scrap iron, lumber, posts and other refuse. These items become a safety hazard for firefighters.

To learn more on how you can protect your farm and acreage, visit our magazine by clicking here.


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FIRE PERMITS

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.


EDSON FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE

Since January 1, 2022, there have been 56 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 39 ha.

PROVINCIAL WILDFIRE UPDATE

Since January 1, 2022 in the Forest Protection Area, there have been 429 wildfires burning a total of 12,707 ha.

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.


WILDFIRE PREVENTION TIPS

Albertans are always asked to use caution when working or recreating in the outdoors:

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 ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION

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For more information, please contact:

Caroline Charbonneau
Wildfire Information Officer | Edson Forest Area
Cell:  780-740-1341
caroline.charbonneau@gov.ab.ca 
 
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