Fall is a time of year when grass and fallen leaves will cure. Cool frosty mornings and breezy afternoons produce frost-killed vegetation that ignites easily and spreads fast. Although the area has received significant rain and the wildfire danger remains low. Large amounts of dead grass and other vegetation are becoming flammable.
Did you know your ATV’s and farm equipment can start a wildfire? A build-up of dry grass and vegetation around the exhaust and engine hot spots can smolder and fall off into dry grass starting a blaze. Carefully check bearings for excessive heat and always keep your machine and fire extinguisher in working order.
Hunting season is upon us. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are planning to hunt in the forested areas of Alberta, specifically in the regulated Forest Protection Area (FPA). Various factors such as fire bans, restrictions or forest closures may affect your plans into the FPA. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.albertafirebans.ca. This tool provides a listing of active restrictions, bans, or advisories within the FPA and surrounding municipalities.
Since March 1, 2018 there have been 39 wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area that have burned approximately 13 hectares. For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta visit wildfirestatus.alberta.ca. Provincially, the 2018 wildfire season has seen 1, 200 fires burning just under 60, 000 hectares.
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235