Temperatures continue to be high and the air mass remains unstable. New wildfires have started today as thunderstorms with lightning continue. Lookout observers, fire fighters and equipment are on alert and ready to respond to any new starts.
June 23, 2018 at 7 pm
There are currently 85 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta, mainly due to the lightning that swept through the province yesterday and continues today. Eleven are out of control, 28 are being held, 41 are under control and 5 have been turned over to the responsible parties. Since March 1, 2018, Alberta has recorded 808 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area that have burned a total of 30,788.50 hectares.
Make sure it's out! A campfire left smoldering can cause a wildfire. Never leave your campfire unattended and make sure it's out. Soak it with water, stir up the ashes and soak it again. A campfire is out when the ashes are cool to the touch.
OHV safety tips can be found here.
If you spot a wildfire, call 310-FIRE!
For more information:
Outside the Urban Service Area contact: Agriculture and Forestry at 780-743-7125
Lynn Daina, Wildfire Information Officer 780-743-7265