The wildfire hazard for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is VERY HIGH. Exercise extreme caution in forested areas as warm temperatures and high gusty winds over the next 24 hours will create conditions that are favorable for wildfire ignition and spread. Call 310-FIRE if you see smoke in Forest.
Smoke from Wildfires burning in British Columbia is drifting into our forest area today. Expect smoke in the air for the next couple of days as multiple wildfires are burning within Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. For the latest smoke forecast check out the Western Smoke Forecast. If you have smoke-related health concerns, please contact Alberta Health Link at 811. Information about the air quality in Alberta is available through Alberta’s Air Quality Health Index .
The existing Fire Advisory will remain in place for our area. Every precaution is needed to ensure no new wildfires are started placing additional strain on the province's firefighting resources.
Throughout the province of Alberta we have active out of control wildfires. Currently, we have had 1158 fires and burned a total of 58, 064.43 hectares. See a current map of active wildfires here.
FIRE ADVISORY IN EFFECT: 18:00hrs August 7, 2018
A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Grande Prairie Forest Area, dry conditions and heavy smoke causing low visibility.
No new fire permits will be issued for heavy fuel or non-essential burning. Exiting fire permits are still valid, but no burning is to take place outside of the permit conditions.
Remember to do your part to prevent wildfires. Human caused wildfires are 100% preventable
During the hot weather months the risk of wildfire is extremely high. Please refrain from riding in areas that have abundant grass and dry vegetation. Fire direction, intensity, and speed can change in an instant always be mindful of the weather and hazard conditions when in the forest.
Check Alberta Fire Bans for the most up to date information on advisories, restrictions and bans in your area. The Forest and Prairie Protection Act include fines up to $287 for abandoning campfires as well as for using fireworks and exploding targets in forested areas. Learn more about updates to the act and fine amounts here. Be sure to put out your campfire before leaving. Soak it, stir it and soak it again.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235