The wildfire hazard for the Grande Prairie region is Moderate. Though we have had localized precipitation the recent warm weather is drying out fine fuels such as grass and leaves which can contribute to increased fire danger. Due to recent lightning storms, we are also on the lookout for lightning holdover fires which can burn underground and emerge when warm and windy conditions occur.
If you spot a wildfire or see smoke in a forested area please call 310-FIRE immediately to ensure that crews and resources are able to respond as soon as possible.
Whenever possible use an existing campfire facility such as stoves, rings and pits for your campfire. These facilities are available in many campgrounds and recreation area and are designed to help contain a fire and prevent it from spreading. If no campfire facilities are available there are some easy steps you can take to help ensure your campfire is safe:
- Find a suitable location, not under a tree.
- Dig or scrape a pit down to mineral soil.
- Surround the pit with rocks, gravel or sand.
- Remove any vegetation or flammable materials surrounding the pit.
- Ensure you have water on hand or nearby.
- Build up slowly with kindling.
- Add wood carefully, being careful not to stir up embers or sparks.
- Keep your fire small.
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.
Fire permits are required for all types of burning; except a campfire (cooking and warming). Burning is not permitted during windy conditions. Remember you must evaluate the weather at your specific location. Get a permit and follow the conditions. You can be held responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area. If you live within the Forest Protection Area, please contact your local Forestry office to get a permit (780) 538-5560. Anyone living outside the Forest Protection Area can contact their municipality for information about local fire permit requirements.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
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Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235