The fire danger is now MODERATE for the Grande Prairie Forest Area. As we head into the September long weekend, please keep fire safety top of mind. Summer might feel like it’s almost over, but wildfire season does not end until October 31. Visit www.albertafirebans.ca for information on fire advisories, restrictions or bans which may be in place in your area.
GRANDE PRAIRIE FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE | August 31, 2020 AT 3:30 p.m.
Since March 1, there have been 40 wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area, burning more than 22 hectares. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca. Even with cooler temperatures, wildfires are still a risk at this time of year. Protect Alberta’s forested areas by always remembering to fully extinguish your campfire and report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE.
Off-highway vehicles can start wildfire
- OHV exhausts can get very hot, reaching temperatures of over 200 Celsius, causing debris caught near the exhaust to become heated. This debris can potentially start a wildfire when it falls to the ground.
- Before you ride, clean any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine.
- Carry a small fire extinguisher, a collapsible shovel and water. These tools can help extinguish a wildfire and safely dispose of hot debris.
BEFORE YOU BURN IT, GET YOUR PERMIT
Do not burn during windy conditions. You must evaluate the weather at your specific location and follow the conditions on your permit. You are responsible if a fire escapes the burn permit area. Extinguish all fire before the permit expires. Contact your local fire guardian or an Agriculture and Forestry office for a permit.
Spirit River (780) 814 1983
Valleyview (780) 524 6576
County West (780) 814 1648
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235