The Wildfire Danger for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is MODERATE
- Before heading out in the forest this Labour Day long weekend remember to check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination.
- Off highway vehicles can start wildfires. Please stop often to clean your exhaust system to ensure you are not the cause of a wildfire. Stay on approved trails and follow all guidelines.
- Know that exploding targets and fireworks are prohibited in the Forest Protection Area without express written permission from a forest officer. You could be fined $600 if found using exploding targets without permission and if you cause a wildfire, you could also be held responsible for the costs of fighting the wildfire.
- If you plan on having a campfire, keep it small. When you are leaving your site or head to bed, your campfire must be fully extinguished. Soak it, stir it, soak it again to ensure it is out. An abandoned campfire can easily spark a wildfire in dry conditions. Last year, 88% of wildfires in Alberta were human-caused. Do your part to prevent them by always making sure your campfire is out before you leave.
At this time, there are two active wildfire in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. Both wildfires are listed as Under Control (UC). Since March 1, 2021 there have been 97 wildfires burning nearly 132 hectares in the Grande Prairie Forest Area. For a map and more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca
From March 1st until October 31st, fire permits are required for any burning except campfires in the Forest Protection Area (FPA). If you live within the FPA, please contact your local forestry office. Anyone living outside the FPA can contact their municipality for information about local fire permit requirements.
County West / Grovedale - (780) 814-1648
Spirit River – (780) 814-1983
Valleyview – (780) 524-6576
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235