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The recent sunny and windy weather is contributing to an increased fire danger for our area. The current wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie region is MODERATE. While some parts of the forest have received significant rainfall, other areas have not received the same amounts. This is important to remember as you head out into the forested area over the long weekend. Please do your part to prevent wildfires and if you spot a wildfire call 310-FIRE. Currently, we have had 35 fires in the Grande Prairie forest area that have burned 13.0 hectares.
Pictured above: Grande Prairie Unit Crew leaving for export to British Columbia to help with the Wildfire situation. We continually monitor our area for wildfires throughout the Grande Prairie Forest in preparation for any new wildfire starts.
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.
Off-Highway vehicle exhausts are extremely hot, and can quickly reach temperatures of over 200 Celsius. These temperatures can dry out even wet, muddy debris quickly. This smouldering debris can potentially start a wildfire when it drops from the vehicle into dry grass.
You can prevent this by stopping regularly to clean off any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine. Carry a small extinguisher or a bucket and collapsible shovel to ensure that any hot debris is completely extinguished before you leave it.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235
BEFORE YOU BURN IT, GET YOUR PERMIT For more information on fire permits or to obtain one call the Grande Prairie office at (780) 538-5560.
- Remember that you must evaluate the weather at your specific location and follow the conditions stated on your permit. You can be held responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area.