The wildfires hazard continues to be high for the Grande Prairie area. Unstable conditions are expected for the Grande Prairie Forest area for today. Winds are forecasted to be gusting 40km/hr this afternoon with a high risk of lightning and chance of rain showers
If you are working or recreating in the forested area, please take caution as a wildfire can get very big quickly under the current conditions. Always carry firefighting equipment and report wildfires by calling 310-FIRE.
WILDFIRE UPDATE 8:30 am - 06/21/18
The Grande Prairie Forest Area has recorded 27 wildfires with a total of 13 hectares burned since wildfire season began March 1, 2018.
GWF 26 -is located south west of the Musreau Lake area and is classified as Being Held 8.0 hectares in size. Numerous crews and heavy equipment working to extinguish this fire.
Throughout the province of Alberta the 2018 wildfire season has seen 605 fires and burned a total of 30,290.51 hectares. See a current map of active wildfires here.
A fire advisory has been issued for the Grande Prairie Forest Area, effective June 20, 2018 at 12 pm. The wildfire danger level HIGH. Please continue to exercise caution and call 310-FIRE (3473) to report wildfires.
A Fire Advisory has been issued for the Grande Prairie Forest Area due to continued dry conditions.
Fire permits will be issued on a case-by-case basis (for essential burning). Please call the Grande Prairie Forest Area office at 780-538-5560 to find out how to obtain your fire permit.
What is allowed
Safe wood campfires in campgrounds (within fire rings), backyards, or random camping areas
Portable propane fire pits
Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
Catalytic or infrared-style heaters
Be mindful when operating quads in dry, grassy areas. Stop frequently and clear machine hotspots of grass and other debris that can heat up, fall to the ground, and start a wildfire.
Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.
The Fire Advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.
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.
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. Find more information on safe burning practices for brush piles and windrows here. Remember you must evaluate the weather at your specific location.
Remember to do your part to prevent wildfires. Human caused wildfires are 100% preventable.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235