The wildfire danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is VERY HIGH.
On-going drought has led to early curing of fine fuels and the deep drying of the larger logs and downed timber. Firefighters urge off-highway vehicle, heavy equipment and agricultural operators to be cautious in these dry conditions, as they could unintentionally spark a fire.
Do your part to prevent wildfire, know the fire danger before starting work each day, check local fire restrictions and adjust or postpone operations as necessary. Always check for a buildup of combustible residue around the engine and exhaust system. Report a wildfire call 310-FIRE (3473) or #FIRE on your cell phone.
Fire GWF071 located 12 kilometers southwest of Grovedale was detected today by our Bald MT lookout observer at 0.18 hectares. Early detection and quick action of firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading. There are 2 firefighters and 1 helicopter working to extinguish this fire. The cause of this wildfire is under investigation.
There are five active wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. Of these fires, three are classified as Being Held (BH) and two are Under Control (UC).
Since March 1, 2021 there have been 72 wildfires burning nearly 65 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
A FIRE RESTRICTION remains 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
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.
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