Grande Prairie Area Update

Grande Prairie Area Wildfire Update- June 30, 2021

Posted on Wed, Jun 30, 2021


The wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is EXTREME

Smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia have settled into the Grande Prairie Forest Area. For the most accurate smoke forecast, go to FIRESMOKE CANADA. This system produces forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of PM2.5 smoke particles from wildfires up to two days into the future.

During these times of extreme wildfire danger caution is urged to anyone recreating or working in forested areas. One simple spark could be the cause of a major wildfire. Extreme temperatures, low humidity and dry conditions of fire fuels are all factors that contribute to a Red Flag Watch. 



Wildfire Situation

Since March 1, 2021 there have been 50 wildfires burning nearly 63 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta visit


A FIRE RESTRICTION is in place for Grande Prairie Forest due to hot and dry conditions, which will increase the fire danger. The fire restriction will remain in effect until conditions improve or change.

Under this restriction:

  • Existing fire permits are suspended;
  • All outdoor fires presently burning under permit must be extinguished, unless approved to continue by a Forest Officer;
  • Safe wood campfires within fire rings in campgrounds and backyard fire pits are allowed.


  • Wood campfires on public land
  • Fireworks and exploding targets


  • Wood campfires on private land
  • Wood campfires within provincial campgrounds in a designated campfire ring
  • Backyard fire pits on private land
  • Charcoal briquette barbeques
  • Propane or natural gas fueled appliances
  • Indoor wood fires
  • Open flame oil devices


  • Remember to check the hot spots on your Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) and remove debris before and after use.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. 


Fire Permits

A fire restriction is in effect, all active permits are suspended including burn barrels and no new fire permits will be issued until conditions change. Check Alberta Fire Bans for the most up to date information on advisories, restrictions and bans in your area. Anyone living outside the FPA can contact their municipality for information about local fire permit requirements.
Albertans who are planning on detonating fireworks in the Forest Protection Area must receive written permission from a Forest Officer. Anyone who sets off fireworks without written permission could face a fine of $600.
From March 1st until October 31st, fire permits are required for any burning except campfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA).
  • County West / Grovedale - (780) 814-1648 
  • Spirit River – (780) 814-1983 
  • Valleyview – (780) 524-6576

If you spot a wildfire call 310-FIRE.

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For more information:

Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer

(780) 832 7235

Phone: 1-866-394-3473


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