Wildfire season officially ended on October 31, 2020 and therefore burning permits are no longer required. Please remember safe burning practices are always in season. If you plan to burn debris ensure you have proper signage up along roadways to notify traffic as smoke can impede visibility due to inversions.
Following safe burning practices during this period will help prevent holdover fires that can start spring wildfires. Be sure to always check all fall and winter burn sites to ensure that the fire is out. Walk the burn area and roll over any debris to check for hot spots.
Here are a few things to consider when burning this winter:
Have proper smoke signage along roadways. Signs are available at La Prairie Group (780-926-3208) or Mackenzie County (780-927-3718).
Building clean piles helps them burn faster, reducing smoke impacts to the community.
Ensure that you have the proper tools with you at any burn site.
As with any burning, do not attempt to burn more than you can control.
Frequently check your burns, especially in the spring. A smoldering fire can burrow under the ground and re-surface months later.
If you have any questions about proper burning procedures, visit wildfire.alberta.ca or phone 310-0000.
You can refer to the Brush Piles and Windrows Pamphlet for more information and safe burning practices.
HIGH LEVEL FOREST AREA WILDFIRE UPDATE
Since March 1, 2020, the High Level Forest Area has recorded 52 wildfires in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta that have burned a total of 132.71 hectares.
The actions you take on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day can make a difference in the survival of your home and neighbourhood if a wildfire occurs. Applications for 2021 are open! Apply now
For more information on the current wildfire situation across the province of Alberta, visit www.wildfirestatus.alberta.ca.
Stay tuned to www.albertafirebans.ca throughout the wildfire season for more information about fire bans and restrictions in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta.
For more information, please contact:
Victoria Ostendorf | Wildfire Information Officer
- Alberta Wildfire
- Alberta Fire Bans
- FireSmart in Alberta
- Alberta Emergency Alerts
- Air Quality Health Index
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Health
- 511 Road Reports
- Emergency Preparation