The wildfire danger rating is now Moderate for the Grande Prairie Forest Area this does not mean the risk of wildfire is eliminated. Since March 1, 2018 there have been 39 wildfires in the Grande Prairie Forest Area that have burned approximately 13 hectares. Alberta's wildfire season begins March 1st and is effective until October 31st. You must obtain a fire permit if you plan on burning in the Forest Protection Area, with the exception of a campfire. To obtain your free fire permit, contact your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry office or phone toll-free 310-0000 to locate your nearest office.
Now is a good time to do some simple Firesmarting around your home to prepare for the spring. Here are a few tips to get your started:
- Clear your gutters of debris.
- Mow your grass short and rake up the leaves.
- Move your firewood a minimum of 10m from any structure.
The FireSmart Canada website has great information and a series of educational videos that can help you understand the importance of FireSmart and how you can participate. The FireSmart Begins at Home Manual which also includes an easy Home Assessment is a great place to start! You can also contact your local Forestry Office to learn more about initiatives in your community.
Are you looking for an exciting seasonal employment opportunity? Alberta Wildfire has seasonal positions for firefighting, fire detection, logistics and more. With offices throughout the province there are plenty of options for positions and placement. Applications for Wildfire crews will be accepted until November 30, 2018. Wildfire.alberta.ca/jobs #abwildfire
ALBERTA WILDFIRE INFORMATION
Kelly Burke | Wildfire Information Officer
Mobile: (780) 832 7235
BEFORE YOU BURN IT, GET YOUR PERMIT
For more information on fire permits or to obtain one call the Grande Prairie office at (780) 538-5560