High Level Area Update

High Level Forest Area Update - April 19, 2024

Posted on Fri, Apr 19, 2024


The wildfire danger in the High Level Forest Area is HIGH.

If you see smoke or flame in the forest and suspect it's a wildfire, call 310-FIRE.

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A fire advisory is in effect for the High Level Forest Area section of the Forest Protection Area due to continued drought, below average snow amounts and above average temperatures.

Under this advisory:

  • Permits will be issued on a case by case basis
  • No heavy fuel fire permits will be issued


  • Any burning without a valid fire permit, other than a campfire, is prohibited


  • Safe wood campfires *
  • Backyard fire pits
  • Portable propane fire pits
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbecues
  • Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

*Safe wood campfires - should be within a metal, brick, or rock fire ring. They are required to:

  1. a) be on rock, gravel, sand, or another non-combustible surface that extends at least one metre around the fire;
  2. b) have a responsible person in attendance to keep fire under control at all times and extinguish before leaving;
  3. c) have on hand enough water on site to extinguish the fire. Safe wood campfires on private lands include private land campgrounds and private land recreation areas; and
  4. d) Municipalities, Parks and protected areas may have additional fire safety requirements.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished. If you see a wildfire, report it immediately by calling 310-FIRE. The fire advisory will remain in effect until conditions improve.


Fire permits are now required for any outdoor burning with the exception of campfires.

Fire permits are free and can be requested online. Visit firepermits.alberta.ca to request your fire permit online. You may also request your fire permit by calling your local Forestry Office.

High Level Forest Area | Permit Line - 780-926-5407

Stay informed of fire restrictions and fire bans in your area by checking Alberta Firebans


Anyone who has conducted winter burning is responsible for revisiting their burn sites and ensuring the fires are out. With the dry conditions last fall and lack of moisture in the ground, there is potential for fires lit this winter to continue to burn under the snow and re-emerge as wildfires in the spring.

To prevent spring holdover wildfires revisit your brush pile or windrow burning projects to ensure the fires are extinguished.

  • Spread out the remaining material.
  • Soak the area and ensure both heat and smoke are no longer being produced.
  • Check your burn site multiple times in the coming weeks to ensure it has not reignited.


There are 18 wildfires in the High Level Forest Area. Of these fires, one classified as being held (BH), 12 are under control (UC) and five are mutual aid fires. To see a map of the wildfires in the High Level Forest Area and across the province please click here.

Fires remaining on the landscape from last season are being observed for fire activity and resources are being deployed to extinguish hotspots as they are discovered.

Crews continue to work on extinguishing hotspots on active wildfires in the area. High level infrared scanning is planned for the coming week to determine if there are any other active spots in the forest area.



Your actions today can minimize wildfire damage to your home and property tomorrow. Visit the new FireSmart Alberta site to learn how you can reduce the risk and negative impact of wildfire to your home, neighbourhood and community.

To learn more on how you can protect your home and structures from wildfire, download the Farm and Acreage FireSmart magazine.


Download the Alberta Wildfire app today and get access to accurate, real-time information on wildfires in your area. You can also find information on fire advisories, restrictions and bans across the province and much more all on your mobile device. Available for Apple and Android.

Before heading out, please check albertafirebans.ca to determine whether there are any fire advisories, fire restrictions or fire bans in effect for your destination. 

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For more information please contact,
 Provincial Information Officer

(780) 420-1968

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