Grande Prairie Area Update

Grande Prairie Area Update - February 22, 2024

Posted on Thu, Feb 22, 2024


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A fire advisory is in effect for the Grande Prairie Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to drying conditions and high wind.

Under this advisory:

Existing fire permits are still valid.
New permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis, only for essential burning.

Prohibited:

Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire.


Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

When operating equipment, clear debris from moving parts, check your muffler and keep equipment in good repair. Do not operate equipment in tall grass. Keep watch of your surroundings and ensure you have sufficient firefighting equipment and water available. Equipment fires or work-related sparks, friction and hot exhaust can cause even small amounts of dry fuels to ignite into a wildfire.

If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE. This fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.

early fire season - 2024

Alberta’s wildfire season started early this year. The early start is due to the drought conditions occurring in many areas of the province, which could lead to elevated fire danger if we do not receive significant rain in the spring.
Now’s the time to go back and check on any winter burn projects to make sure they are fully extinguished. Stay informed of fire restrictions and fire bans in your area by checking Alberta Firebans.ca

Wildfire information
 
Since January 1, 2024, there has been two wildfires reported in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, both are listed as under control.


There are currently eight wildfires burning in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. Six of these are carryover fires from the 2023 wildfire season. All wildfires are listed as under control and are being monitored by firefighters. 

For more information on the current wildfire situation, visit Alberta Wildfire Status.

Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on reporting wildfire, fire bans and fire updates across the province and much more all on your mobile device.

Available for Apple and Android.


2024 seasonal recruitment
 
We're Hiring

Are you interested in joining the Alberta Wildfire team this summer? Check out our website to learn more!

https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-wildfire-recruitment


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Winter burning

Holdover fires are likely to occur this year due to dry conditions. A fire lit in the winter and left smouldering can burn under the snow and into the ground all winter long. Under the right conditions, these fires can re-emerge in the spring as wildfires. To prevent spring wildfires, check your winter burn sites frequently and ensure that all fires are completely extinguished.

Please get a fire permit for any burning project, other than a campfire, and always follow our safe burning guidelines.


Fire Permits

Before you burn it, get a fire permit. Fire permits help us to track what is burning on the landscape. If you're burning without a fire permit or outside fire permit conditions, your fire is considered a wildfire.  Anyone living outside the FPA can contact their municipality for information about local fire permit requirements.
Albertans living or working in the Forest Protection Area of the province can request a free fire permit by contacting your local forestry office or using the new, convenient online Fire Permit Portal. 

County West / Grovedale - (780) 814-1648
Spirit River - (780) 814-1983
Valleyview - (780) 524-6576

For more information regarding fire permits, you can view our video by clicking here.


For more information contact:

Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 832-7235

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