The wildfire hazard for the Grande Prairie Forest Area is LOW. There are currently no fire advisories, restrictions or fire bans in place within the Forest Protection Area. Please continue to exercise caution and 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. Never leave a fire unattended and always fully extinguish by soak it, stirring it and soaking it again.
Hunting season is here and it is important to remember that off-highway vehicle exhausts are extremely hot, and can quickly reach temperatures of over 200 Celsius. These temperatures will dry out even wet, muddy debris quickly. This smoking debris can potentially start a wildfire when it drops from the vehicle into the dry grass.
You can prevent this by stopping regularly to clean off any debris that has built up near the exhaust and muffler, under the seat, in wheel wells and around the engine. Carry a small extinguisher or a bucket and collapsible shovel to ensure that any hot debris is completely extinguished before you leave it.
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235