Edson Area Update

Edson Forest Area Wildfire Update - July 20, 2024 (8:00 p.m.)

Posted on Sat, Jul 20, 2024


 A fire ban remains in effect for the entire forest protection area of Alberta.

Hot and dry weather persists through the province, keeping the fire danger at extreme. Use extreme caution when working or recreating outdoors and keep watch of your surroundings.

If you see smoke or flame in the forest and suspect it's a wildfire, call 310-FIRE (3473) to report it.

This update is best viewed on a web browser or the AB Wildfire Status App | View previous Edson Forest Area Updates. Bold indicates new or important information.

July 20 EWF079

EWF079 is now under control by firefighters (July 20, 2024).


The wildfire danger in the Edson Forest Area is EXTREME. This means that forest fuels are extremely dry and pose a very serious fire risk. Fast-spreading, high-intensity fires are likely, which may be very difficult to control. 

Fire danger is a relative index depicting forest environment conditions, how a fire will behave and how much damage a fire could do. View the forecasted fire danger map.

Since January 1, 2024, there have been 79 wildfires in the Edson Forest Area burning a total of 187 ha.


Weather forecast| Tomorrow, similar conditions are expected. A high of 33C with 20% relative humidity. Winds from the east 15 km/h gusting to 40km/h. Crossover conditions are expected again, meaning that the temperature will be greater then the relative humidity and could allow for increased fire activity.

The forest area has initial attack crews prepositioned across the area to respond to new wildfire detections. Airtankers are available when there are opportunities for effective use.

EWF079 is currently UNDER CONTROL 16 km northeast of Cynthia and 28 km southwest of Entwistle. The fire is estimated to be 1.0 ha in size. There are currently four firefighters, one helicopter and one piece of heavy equipment working to contain the wildfire.

EWF078 is currently burning OUT OF CONTROL 53 km south-southwest of Edson and 33 km southeast of Robb. The fire is estimated to be 0.25 ha in size. There are currently eight firefighters, two helicopters and six pieces of heavy equipment working on this wildfire.

July 20 078 red retardent

Airtankers supported firefighters on EWF078. The red coloring is dye, which helps pilots and firefighters see where the retardant was laid to suppress wildfire activity and ensure good coverage. (July 20, 2024).

EWF077 is classified as UNDER CONTROL approximately 37 km southwest of Edson, 25 km east of Robb and 66 km southeast of Hinton (adjacent to EWF075). The wildfire is estimated to be 0.01 ha in size. Firefighters were actioning the wildfire and is now being monitored for activity.

EWF076 is currently burning OUT OF CONTROL approximately 24 km south-southwest from Hinton, 7 km south-southeast of Folding Mountain Village and 6 km northeast of Miette Hotsprings. The wildfire is estimated to be 1 ha in size. No communities are threatened at this time.

The wildfire is currently on top of a mountain ridge. Airtankers actioned the wildfire yesterday and one helicopter is bucketing today. 

EWF075 is now UNDER CONTROL approximately 37 km southwest of Edson, 25 km east of Robb and 66 km southeast of Hinton. It's estimated to be 0.03 ha in size. There are four firefighters and one helicopter assigned to this wildfire. Crews will return today to action the wildfire. The wildfire was determined to be caused by lightning

EWF074 is now classified as UNDER CONTROL. It's located 45 km northwest of Edson, 55 km northeast of Hinton and 25 km north of Obed. The fire is estimated to be 8.6 ha in size. The wildfire was determined to be caused by lightning

There are eight firefighters and one helicopter associated to the wildfire. Today, firefighters continued to reinforce the containment lines that the dozers created the night before. Significant rainfall was observed on the fire last night. Emerson campground was closed as a precautionary measure and is now open to the public.

EWF072 is now BEING HELD, which means that given current weather conditions and resources, the wildfire is not anticipated to grow past expected boundaries. It's located 56 km northwest of Edson, 60 km northeast of Hinton and 37 km north of Obed. The fire is estimated to be 12.6 ha in size. Currently 20 firefighters, one helicopter and three pieces of heavy equipment continue to reinforce the containment lines. They'll be working from the perimeter, searching for and extinguishing hotspots. The wildfire was determined to be caused by lightning.

EWF069 is currently listed as UNDER CONTROL. The fire is located approximately 25 kilometers southwest of Wolf Lake campground. The fire is estimated to be 0.3 ha in size. This wildfire was determined to be caused by lightning.

EWF061 is currently UNDER CONTROL, which means that the wildfire is completely contained and will be extinguished. The wildfire is located 18 km northeast of Cynthia, 20 km southwest of Wildwood and 6.5 km east of highway 753. It's estimated to be 74.12 ha in size. This wildfire is being monitored for activity and will be actioned if needed. This wildfire was determined to be caused by lightning. Tomorrow, four firefighters will return to the fire and search for and extinguish hotspots.

No communities are threatened by these wildfires at this time.

Learn more about wildfire classificationsView active wildfires, their locations and stats on the interactive map on our Wildfire Status page.

July 20 EWF078EWF078 is being actioned by firefighters, airtankers and helicopters (July 20, 2024).


Jasper National Park is responding to Utopia and Needle Peak wildfires located within the park. To learn more, visit their websiteFor additional information please visit Jasper National Park's social media pages.

Area Closure: Miette Hot Springs area and Fiddle River Valley

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A fire ban is in effect as of July 10 in the entire Forest Protection Area of Alberta, including the EDSON FOREST AREA, due to hot and dry conditions.

Cities, towns, villages and summer villages, as well as federal lands (such as national parks), are exempt from this ban. These jurisdictions have the authority to issue their own bans and may have complementary bans in place.

Visit Alberta Fire Bans to see if a fire ban or restriction is in place in your area.

Under this fire ban:

  • All fire permits are suspended or cancelled.
  • No new fire permits will be issued.
  • Some allowances can be made for essential agricultural and industrial burning, if approved by a forest officer.


  • All outdoor wood fires, including wood campfires on public land, private land, designated campgrounds, and backyard firepits
  • Barbeque charcoal briquettes
  • Fireworks and exploding targets


  • Propane/ natural gas-powered appliances
  • Indoor wood fires inside a structure (such as a facility, building, tent or RV) and contained within a device with a chimney and spark arrestor
  • Open flame oil devices (such as deep fryers and tiki torches). All devices must be CSA approved and used per manufacturer’s standards.

If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE.

The fire ban will remain in effect until conditions improve.


As of 10:00 a.m. on July 20, 2024.

The fire danger is very high to extreme throughout the northeast boreal and the agricultural zone. It is moderate to high along the northwest and the slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Since January 1, there have been 893 wildfires recorded in the Forest Protection Area that have burned 442,925 ha.

Last year, on this date, there was 872 wildfires that burnt a total of 2,160,118 ha. In the past 5 years on this date, an average of 735 wildfires had burnt 624,393 ha.

For the most up-to-date wildfire information, visit the Alberta Wildfire Status Dashboard.   


Under a FIRE BAN, all permits are cancelled or suspended and no new permits will be issued. To learn more, visit albertafirebans.ca.


There have been reports of drones being flown in and around restricted air space. If there are drones in areas where aircraft or airtankers are being used for wildfire suppression, we are unable to continue those flights until the space is cleared. A drone could strike an aircraft, causing damage to aircraft and severe injuries or fatality of pilots and firefighters. WE WILL NOT RISK LIVES FOR YOUR DRONES.

Before you fly your drone make sure you understand the rules that apply and follow them.  
For more information, please visit: Safety for drones and firefighting aircraft or Transport Canada’s legal requirements.


FireSmart is a national program that helps Canadians increase their resilience to wildfire. Whether you are a homeowner, resident, business, local government, or Indigenous community, you can take small steps with lasting impacts.  

Homes and buildings ignite because of the materials, condition, and everything that surrounds them. The area within 30m of the home is called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ). Within it are three priority areas, each requiring specific actions. Start by reducing your risk in the Immediate Zone and work your way outward.

To learn more on how you can protect your home, visit FireSmart Alberta. For farm or acreages, you can download the Farm and Acreage FireSmart magazine.


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

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For more information, please contact:

Caroline Charbonneau, RPFT
Alberta Forestry & Parks | AB Wildfire
Wildfire information officer | Edson Forest Area
Cell:  780-740-1341
Caroline Button High Qua
Terry Abu Al-Soud
Alberta Forestry & Parks | AB Wildfire
Seasonal wildfire information officer | Edson Forest Area

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