At this time, the Grande Prairie Forest Area Area has recorded 33 wildfires with a total of 10 hectares burned since wildfire season began. Gusty winds and warmer weather will continue to increase the potential for wildfire events in the area. The wildfire danger will remain moderate for this weekend.
BEFORE YOU BURN IT, GET YOUR PERMIT
Call our office in advance of when you would like to burn in order to give our staff time to make arrangements to come out to your site and issue 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.
All permits must be completely extinguished before they expire
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.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
Get the most up-to-date wildfire information for the entire province, download the free Alberta Wildfire Android or Apple products. For information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235