The wildfire hazard for the Grande Prairie region is MODERATE. Though we have had localized precipitation the recent warm weather is drying out fine fuels such as grass and leaves which can contribute to an increased fire hazard. Due to recent lightning storms we are also on the lookout for lightning holdover fires which can burn underground and emerge when warm and windy conditions occur.
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.
HAPPY CANADA DAY!
Keep an eye out for Alberta Wildfire and Bertie Beaver in the Grande Prairie Canada Day parade; we hope to see you there! If you are heading into a forested area to camp or use off-highway vehicles this weekend please do your part to prevent human caused wildfires.
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 spot 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.
To stay current on fire bans throughout the province please check Alberta Fire Bans for the most up-to-date information.
Thanks for doing your part to prevent wildfire. Have a safe long weekend.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235